Let’s poem

| December 21, 2010

Title: Let’s poem : the essential guide to teaching poetry in a high-stakes, multimodal world
Mark Dressman (with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni)
New York, NY : Teachers College Press, c2010
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PN1101 .D77 2010

“. . . why wouldn’t
We want to take what is
And add what is
And let the poems flow
. . . From the deliciousness of tomorrow
To the knowledge of Today

. . . On your Mark Dressman Get Ready! Let’s Poem!”

—From the Foreword by Nikki Giovanni, poet and University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech

From the publisher:

This cutting-edge guide presents multiple approaches to teaching poetry at the middle and high school levels. The author provides field-tested activities with detailed how-to instructions, as well as advice for how educators can “justify” their teaching within a high-stakes curriculum environment. Let’s Poem will show pre- and inservice teachers how to preserve the fun of poetry while also developing critical writing and analysis skills, how to introduce students to the basic formal elements of contemporary and classic poetry, and how to expand their repertoires through the use of digital technology and the Internet. With an urban and multicultural focus, chapters cover choral reading of poetry, writing about race, jazz poetry and other cultural forms, hip-hop and spoken word poetry, multimodal “remixing” of canonical poems, the use of poems from international settings and authors, and more.

Book features:

  • Field-tested activities with step-by-step instructions, student writing samples, and teacher comments.
  • Ways to extend and adapt lessons for diverse groups.
  • Annotated online resources, including a book website with links to all sites in the book and a social networking group.

Audience: English teachers (grades 5–10), literacy coaches, school librarians, and professional developers; courses in language and literacy education, English education, critical literacy, reading, teaching poetry, and adolescent literature.

About the author: Mark Dressman is  an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an editor of Research in the Teaching of English. Join the author online at letspoemresources.ning.com

On the web:

“Preserves the fun of poetry while adding assistance to more rigorous understandings about how poetry is made and the work that it can do. Let’s Poem is a great new resource for middle and high school teachers.”

—Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Boise State University, author of “You Gotta Be The Book” Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents, Second Edition