Surge of Language Teaching Poetry Day by Day

ISBN-10: 0325006067
ISBN-13: 9780325006062
Edition: 2004
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Description: Does anybody think harder about teaching poetry than these guys? . . . In my considered opinion, no one does it better, thinks harder about it, or writes as refreshingly on the topic as Wormser and Cappella. The book you hold in your hands is a  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Does anybody think harder about teaching poetry than these guys? . . . In my considered opinion, no one does it better, thinks harder about it, or writes as refreshingly on the topic as Wormser and Cappella. The book you hold in your hands is a marvel and an elixir. All language arts teachers at any level should memorize it. - Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Boise State University Poetry is part of the 7-12 English curriculum, but many students, and teachers too, are afraid of it. They think of poetry as esoteric, insular, even elitist. Baron Wormser and David Cappella prove otherwise. Poetry is in fact the lifeblood of language. It incorporates all aspects of the language arts. It deserves to be at the center of the English curriculum. And it can and should be taught daily. The authors show why and how. Their book takes the form of a fictional teacher's journal entries on his daily teaching of the reading and writing of poetry. His recurrent theme for appreciating poetry is to "slow down, pay attentionthere is much to be gained from this." And he demonstrates that truth. He looks at language closelyhow the poet uses language, revises, edits, and assesses; how potent language really is; how the fewest words can achieve the greatest impact. What's more, he highlights within the text major ideas for teaching and provides other teacher-friendly formats and information, including: lists that detail practical exercises and strategies full-length poems anthologies for teacher reference. Plus, the table of contents functions as a calendar of daily topics, making quick work of planning or honing in on areas of particular interest. A Surge of Language is the perfect antidote to pressure and stress. And it's a richer, more rewarding alternative to the lists of objectives that now comprise teaching. Both thoughtful and practical, it will inspire and guide teachers in their efforts to put some reflective practice back into their curriculums and classrooms. And it will get them to think in poetry, too.

BARON WORMSER was Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005. He is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Carthage (2005), and the co-author of two books about teaching poetry. He directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and the Frost Place Seminar, and he is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program. He lives with his wife in Hallowell, Maine.

David Cappella is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. His teaching experience ranges from middle school to the doctoral level. He presents workshops on the teaching of poetry to teachers and students around the country. He and Baron Wormser coauthored Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves.

Poems Included in This Book August and September October and November December and January February and March April, May, and June Anthologies

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