Monday, November 26, 2012

Entry #10: "Bless, Address, or Press"

Blog Entry #10: "Bless, Address, or Press"

This excerpt was taken from:

Entry 7: Poetry Writing
Kelly P. at Kelly P.'s Blog

                     After reading Tompkins (2012) and researching this genre for my  
                     group's Expert Share presentation, I have realized that there are so
                     many more different types and forms of poetry than I had imagined.
                     Before this class, I wasn't aware that poetry was broken up into
                     different types (within the genre) and then broken down further into
                     different formats/formulas within those different types. For example,
                     the "I Am" poem is a specific type of formula poem and has its own
                     "rules" and structure

I am addressing the same concern in which many of us are not familiar with the dynamics and the multitude of rules that poetry bears. Poetry is my favorite genre as I have practiced writing almost everyday in my collection of journals since I was eleven. I will often bring in my journals for the students to see that not everything I wrote was "right" when it came to the rules of poetry, but they were right for me. I also showed then how my writing progressed as I began to learn more and practice more.

I am a huge fan of the "I am..." and "If I ruled the world..." templates. I have found this to be great with all levels of students. In particular, when I was able to implement these into the classroom, my special needs students were able to participate with a scribe and didn't require extra time. I remember how successful they felt which in turn made me feel good because they could do it and have fun doing it too.

Throughout my educational journey, I have taken many literature classes (haven't we all?) and poetry always seems to have the most negative feedback associated with it. I love poetry because it is not cut and dry and one person's interpretation can be different from another, yet one doesn't necessarily have to be wrong. I love teaching poetry but I have found many students feel overwhelmed by it. Free verse and formulas can be great tools to start students off on a positive note and give them a chance to be successful.

I have always thought it would be important to let our students know that:
A poem, is a poem, is a poem, is a poem.,,just like the rose.

1 comment:

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