|Awakening Your Inner Poet
TJ Leonard, EdD.
Middlebrook School – Wilton, CT
Sacred Heart University – Fairfield, CT
In this packet you will find an abridged set of information that was provided today. To access the information below, as well as additional resources, please visit:
1. Empower Yourself and Your Students
“People often ask me when did you become a poet? That’s not really the right question. The question is, when did you stop?”
---- William Stafford
2. Explore Perceptions
3. Explore Theories and Research
4. Read Poetry
Books of Poetry:
The American Poetry & Literacy Project, (2006). How to eat a poem: A smorgasbord of tasty and delicious poems for young readers. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
Kennedy, X.J. (1999). Knock at a star. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group
Shihab, N.S. (2008). Honeybee: Poems and short prose. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books
Shihab, N.S. (2005). A maze me: Poems for girls. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books
Books About Teaching Poetry:
Atwell, Nancie (2006). Naming the world: A year of poems and lessons. Portsmouth, NH: Firsthand.
Heard, G. (1999). Awakening the heart: Exploring poetry in elementary and middle
school. Portsmith, NH: Heinemann.
Heard, G. (1989). For the good of the earth and the sun. Portsmith, NH: Heinemann.
O'Connor, John (2004). Wordplaygrounds: Reading, writing and performing poetry in the English classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE
5. Watch or Listen to Poetry
6. Destroy Myths
Cheney, M. (2002). Expanding vision: teaching haiku. English Journal, 91(3), 79-83.
Hobgood, J. (1998). Finders keepers: owning the reading they do. Voices From
the Middle, 5(2), 26-33.
http://tinyurl.com/8t2vndr (Read Write Think PDF Instructions)
8. Stop Over-Analyzing
9. Use the Common Core to Support Your Good Work
10. Explore Poetry in Public
Connecticut Poetry Calendar: www.poetz.com/connecticut/
Wednesday Night Poetry Series: www.wedpoetry.wordpress.com/
Central Park Zoo: www.centralparkzoo.com
Poets House: www.poetshouse.org
the old pond – the smell of iron
a frog jumps in, as I come down the s tairs -
sound of water winter evening
-- Basho -- Lee Gurga
starry night first snow
biting into a melon turning out the light
full of seeds to see
-- Yu Chang -- Lidia Rozmus
After weeks of watching the roof leak Broken bowl
I fixed it tonight the pieces
by moving a single board. still rocking.
--- Gary Snyder --- Penny Harter