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Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Worshop 7-Learning from Professional Writers

From: Mary Lou Jacklin <maryloujacklin_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 12:01:57 +0000

Barb and I did a team lesson using poetry. We discussed discussed the reasons why people read which lead to why we personnally read, whcih then lead to what kind of things do we each read for pleasure. We heard everything from statistics, mystery, cook books, the Bible and much more. Not only did they mention what they liked to read, they had to state why they enjoyed that kind of material. It was a very interesting discussion and you could see the students thought process on their face because I don't think they everreally gave thought as to the reasons they enjoy certain styles/kinds of literature. We then used poetry to discuss the differences in writing syles using published authors. We also linked it to the GED (how this lesson will help them on the GED) because our students are so GED focused (even the lowest level students) seem to need to know how this will help them on the GED. So Barb and I made sure to make this connection. We used poetry from Shel Silverstein and Maya Angelou because there is such a contrast in the writing such as: language, vocabualry, tone, culture etc... It was amazing to listen to the discussion between the students and how deep some of their thoughts were about the activity. They seemed to really enjoy it.

From: SReid-Taylor_at_efcts.us
To: teacher-talkhswriters_at_learner.org
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:18:09 -0400
Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Worshop 7-Learning from Professional Writers

For April-Poetry Month, I am using a lesson that a colleague
and I developed a couple of years ago. The lesson is titled Poetry Speaks, and
it is based upon a book that is available at the public library. The
book-Poetry Speaks is a wonderful collection of the recorded voices and the
works of various poets/authors from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Walt Whitman and
everyone in between. We listen to a few select writers and read their work,
after a discussion about the work students write a poem about any topic that
comes to mind.

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