Studying Poetry: Activities, Resources, and Texts
Studying Poetry uses text-based activities to help students approach poetry—not in the conventional Romantic way as a mystical, heightened mode of expression, but as a form of “discourse” that can be vitally relevant to their daily lives. Activities are tied to more than 75 reprinted poems—including sonnets, limericks, haiku, free verse, and other forms—ranging from the fourteenth century to the present day and representing the likes of Shakespeare, Donne, Christina Rossetti, Frost, Plath, Levertov, Jamaican-born Jean “Binta” Breeze, and many others. Activities move from the experience approach, including poetry performance, into exploration of poetry as discourse. Step-by-step guidelines for writing about poetry are accompanied by annotated examples of student writing and sample teacher comments. NOTE: Customers outside of the United States and Canada should contact Chalkface Press at www.chalkface.net.au for purchasing information.
The NCTE Chalkface Series.175 pp. 2001. Grades 9–12. ISBN 10: 0-8141-4850-6; ISBN 13: 978-0-8141-4850-1.