360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing
“I want to rebrand poetic performances as a really good academic activity as opposed a fun thing to do after testing in the spring. As research shows [performance] is a very natural way for students to do close reading, debate the meaning of texts, to make arguments about text, to orally articulate their thinking and their metacognitive awareness of their own reading processes … It’s a pretty powerful strategy.” Hear more . . .
Youth culture is rich with poetry, from song lyrics that teens read, listen to, and write, to poetry they perform through slams and open mics. The rich, compact language of poetry both inside and outside the classroom plays a valuable role in bridging the divide between youth culture and academic culture.
Whether we call it “critical literacy” or just “making meaning,” being able to read and analyze with precision and judgment empowers all students, not just in their academic courses but in everyday situations that require thoughtful evaluation and response. Through Eileen Murphy Buckley’s 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.Theory and Research Into Practice (TRIP) series.
193 pp. 2011. Grades 9–12.