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English Language Arts

Utilizing Poetry to Develop ESL Skills (Grades 9th - 12th)

Oftentimes, grasping the rhythm and elocution of a language falls to they wayside when an ESL learner is concentrating on vocabulary and sentence building. But, the proper flow of a language is extremely important when it comes to face-to face interaction as well as complex writing. Poetry is a helpful tool for helping students grasp rhythm, sound, and the "mouth-feel" of the English language.
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Utilizing Poetry to Develop ESL Skills (Grades 9th - 12th)
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This is my own personal Power Point that I built for my ESL Class. This takes about one hour to go over and contains excerpts and videos of poets ranging from Shakespeare to modern spoken word poets.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    I find the Biography.com videos indispensable when it comes to teaching poetry. Teaching a holistic view of the poet's life, and place in society, can lend the students a deeper understanding of the material. The videos are always well made and concise (usually about two to six minutes).
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    When students are new to ESL and have a limited vocabulary, they find it difficult to think of words that have a similar sound. Allowing them to rely on a rhyming dictionary helps them vocabulary, and you will notice the words they learn show up in their everyday speech! A lot of my students are interested in songwriting as well, so this is a great resource all around.
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    Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video

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    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Why is it important to show videos of famous poets reading their own words? Why can't reading the poem be sufficient? This video, and article, will help answer these questions. I absolutely love video in my class, and try to integrate a short video into every lesson.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This website, although a little outdated, has amazing (and free) poetry related activities to print out and give to your students. It's always difficult for me to find free handouts on specific subjects, so I love that this site exists. Plus there are about twenty printables here, so you can pick and choose!
  • National Poetry Month

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    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This page has it all! Videos about poetry, poetry book lists, and, best of all, two articles on reading and writing poems with your ESL class.
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    Communicating Through Poetry in an ESL Classroom

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    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This paper introduces the concept of poetry as a gentle and alternative to the typical ESL curriculum. My students would way rather create a poem than an essay, and when they are trying to find that perfect word - they are learning a lot more vocabulary than they would if they were simply trying to get essay writing out of the way.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This amazing dissertation by Fredrick Schroeder discusses the use of poetry to a classroom of language learners, and I love the way it was written. It's a super easy and fun read!
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    Guiding ESL Learners to Appreciate Poetry

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    Katelyn Ringrose says:
    Grading student's poems can be difficult, as many of them are so obviously from the heart. So this guide helps me properly evaluate their work, and gives me terms with which to discuss poetry.