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To Be or Not To Be--Totally Stoked on Poetry

Poetry. This single three-syllabled word can elicit terror and serious whining from even the most accomplished students. But this doesn't have to be the case. Truly--poetry can be fun.
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To Be or Not To Be--Totally Stoked on Poetry
  • Devon Fulford says:
    An all-too real look at the responses most teachers receive when they tell their students they'll be learning poetry. Poet and "spoken word star" Emilie Zoey Baker uses humorous and down-to-earth language to describe not only her own experiences with teaching poetry, but the basics of how to get beyond students' initial terrified reactions to the mention of it.
  • Devon Fulford says:
    This is a thorough approach to tackling poetry for the novice teacher and includes innovative ideas for teaching that many texts don't focus on, such as ideas for teaching students how to both listen to and perform poetry aloud. The authors are experienced writers and educators who've had great success with the ideas they share; they include a broad range of perspectives on topics such as teaching the various forms of poetry and being able to have success teaching in varied contexts.
  • Devon Fulford says:
    Educators and professionals Amanda Naylor and Audrey Wood teamed up to write this basic guide focused on helping teachers who are unfamiliar with but interested in teaching poetry to be able to do so seamlessly. This text offers suggestions for introducing, reading, analyzing, and discussing poetry on the secondary level--and how to even have some fun while doing so.
  • Devon Fulford says:
    This short video focuses on a lesson from Language Arts teacher, Jody Parsons. Parsons walks the viewer through a lesson on defining literary and poetic terms and demonstrates how he transfers this activity into helping students better understand and appreciate what might be otherwise considered difficult or unapproachable poetry.
  • Devon Fulford says:
    This blog, composed by educational consultant and author Lisa Dabbs, offers five specific ways to get students interested and engaged in poetry. Dabbs addresses reasons behind why teachers are fearful of introducing poetry to their students; her ideas are basic and simple to implement in any classroom situation. They can be adapted to fit the needs of any educator interested in adding some poetry to their curriculum.
  • Devon Fulford says:
    Poets.org is a fantastic and thorough compendium of everything poetic. The site spans the poetry spectrum in terms of poets and their materials. Here, we have a detailed guide to teaching poetry that includes suggestions for preparation before the lesson, reading and writing poetry, and success stories from educators and facilitators from across the country.