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Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom
by John S. O'Connor
|Grades||7 – 12|
O'Connor offers new approaches to teaching poetry in middle and high school with more than 25 writing activities that can constitute an entire course or work as individual lessons.
O'Connor, John S. 2004. Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem “Those Winter Sundays.”
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.