On the first day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me: a short talk on using poetry…..
It’s the last / first day of the teflgeek Christmas countdown and it’s been a fun, somewhat introspective, quite stressful on occasion but ultimately I hope, useful, Christmas countdown. I’m not sure I’ll be repeating the experience again next year – at least not in this form! So a reminder of what we’ve had so far:
- 12 blogs worth clutching
- 11 tips for writing
- 10 tricks for reading
- 9 pretty pictures
- 8 talks worth watching
- 7 simple statements
- 6 games worth playing
- 5 favourite things
- 4 recalling words
- 3 board pens
- 2 tefl loves
- and a short talk on using poetry….
I thought that, in a twist and given how I’ve massacred the poetic form in creating spurious rhymes in attempting the twelve days of geekmas, I’d end with a short talk on poetry. I’ve put this together as a you tube video – it’s the first video cast I’ve attempted, so any feedback on technique etc gratefully appreciated!
Any and all links referred to in the presentation, plus a load more besides, are given below. Enjoy!
References and further ideas:
poetryclass – “taking the fear out of poetry” – http://www.poetryclass.net/
A wealth of teaching resources, articles and ideas on how and why to use poetry with classes. Designed more for students within the UK education system, but resources are graded by year group, so you’ll be able to find some suitable resources for most ages and levels.
The Poetry Express – poetry writing for 7-11year olds – http://www.thepoetryexpress.com/
Again, aimed more at the UK education system. Poetry Express has a lot of stuff that’s aimed directly at the kids developing their abilities to write poetry as well as teaching resources that approach poetry from a cross-curricular viewpoint.
This is a just a simple list of poetry workshop ideas – more ideas to stimulate poetry creation than developing ability per se.
This is a useful and interesting, but more theoretical, article on how and why to use poetry in the classroom.
The Poetry Zone: http://poetryzone.woodshed.co.uk/index2.htm
Another kids based site – with competitions, poetry theme ideas, a place for kids to upload their poems to and usefully, a teacher zone with further links and ideas to help you use poetry in the classroom. Look at classroom resources and “Poetry Kit” by Jan Dean for some great ideas! ( I really liked the “mismatch” idea!)
Forms of Poetry: http://www.tooter4kids.com/forms_of_poetry.htm
This is an excellent resource for different types of poetry and poetry ideas – from limericks to haiku, language based (e.g. used to), shape poems, parts of speech poems – the list goes on and one. Just scroll down to see what there is to see. Strongly recommended!
Teaching Grammar Creatively. Gerngross, Puchta & Thornbury, 2006 Helbling Languages.
A great grammar teaching ideas source, many of the outcomes are based around the idea of poems or poetry creation. Repetition of a grammatical form, so it seems, can lead to some great poetry!
Poem into Poem, Maley & Moulding, 1985, Cambridge University Press.
Possibly a little dated in terms of content, but the ideas included are still very definitely worth taking a look at. “We ignore the poetic function of language at our peril. It is the cutting edge of linguistic creativity and innovation, and the key to a feel for the soul of a language.” Page 134.
Lindsay Clandfield has an excellent in-depth article on using texts in the classroom, looking at TAVI / TALO / TASP in more detail.