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Providing succinct examples of vivid writing, teaching poetry regularly helps students import techniques into any genre. Includes a companion website of practical resources and a bank of hundreds of recommended poems.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781071889022
- Published By: Corwin
- Series: Corwin Literacy
- Year: 2023
- Page Count: 208
- Publication date: February 16, 2023
Unleash the power of poetry to boost all academic writing
Student writing outcomes will transform if we invest more time in the genre we too often ignore: poetry! With Poetry Pauses, Brett Vogelsinger asserts that all good writing takes us to deeper places, whether it’s narrative, argument, informational, or verse. So why not use the palm-size examples of poems to develop students’ skills?
This book helps you to
- Teach techniques such as using sound, pattern, imagery, grammatical structures, and dialogue
- Select poems from the online companion website for read alouds and writing warm-ups
- Reshape students’ attitudes about verse with contemporary spoken word and poems by today’s favorite poets
- Know how to tuck specific poems into any part of the writing process to build your students’ understanding of brainstorming, elaboration, paragraphing, argumentation, and more
No matter what students go on to do in life, being able to reach a broad audience with language that engages the whole mind is a gift. The resources here and online will stoke students’ logic and creativity immeasurably.
- 25+ brief activities to use poetry in your writing instruction with step-by-step instructions, teacher talking points, and extension ideas
- Pro-Tips and suggestions for adjusting instruction nimbly and responsibly
- An extensive poetry library on the online companion website to help teachers access great poems quickly
- Bonus activities, downloadable handouts, and additional material on the online companion website to support your teaching
Table of Contents
Introduction: Purposeful Poetry Pauses
Chapter 1: Poetry to Bring on the Brainstorm
Chapter 2: Poetry Pauses for Writing Analysis
Chapter 3: Poetry Pauses for Crafting Narrative
Chapter 4: Poetry Pauses for Argument Writing
Chapter 5: Poetry Pauses for Writing Informative and Research Pieces
Chapter 6: Poetry Pauses for Improving Grammar and Punctuation Skills
Chapter 7: Poetry as a Healthy Literacy Routine
In Poetry Pauses, Vogelsinger provides exactly the encouragement, guidance, and resources that teachers of writing need. He is a master reader and master teacher—practical and accessible, nuanced and detailed. From content that students will love to assessments that will challenge them, from first principles of understanding to subtle approaches for analysis, Vogelsinger thinks like the veteran practitioner and generous colleague that all departments need. Poetry Pauses is a collection of resources and inspiration that I am certain will enliven and enrich my courses right away, and for years to come.Joel Garza, Upper School English Chair, Greenhill School
Joel Garza, Upper School English Chair, Greenhill School
Brett Vogelsinger’s Poetry Pauses is the book we need right now to guide us in how to bring poetry into our classrooms every day not as a full-scale unit of study but by ‘opening little nooks of space for poetry.’ Brett’s practical ‘poetry pauses’ give us an accessible framework and an abundance of ideas and materials for supporting students not only as poets but also as writers in all genres throughout the school year.Georgia Heard, co-author of "A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope"
Georgia Heard, co-author of "A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope"
I have a few teaching books that sit right next to my desk. Tattered and dog-eared and covered in tabs, these are my go-to resources that I use again and again. Poetry Pauses is the newest member of this shelf. In it, Vogelsinger offers practical, vibrant lessons for using poetry to enhance everything I want to do: help students learn about language, brainstorm new ideas, sharpen claims, encounter different perspectives, hold on to feedback, engage in deep thinking, build skills, and lay the foundation for living better, richer, and more poetic lives.Matthew Johnson, co-author of "Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle and High School ELA"
Matthew Johnson, co-author of "Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle and High School ELA"
Poetry Pauses beckons us away from our classroom routines to learn in the presence of a poem. Here you will marinate in surprising language. You will laugh. You will imagine new lessons in all genres. You might grab a pen and drop a few lines. I did. Keep this on your desk; you will return often.Penny Kittle, author of "Book Love" and "Write Beside Them"
Penny Kittle, author of "Book Love" and "Write Beside Them"
Brett Vogelsinger’s passion for poetry bleeds through every page of Poetry Pauses. Poems have long often been thought of as scary or boring and using Brett’s ideas in this book are sure to get your students— and YOU—to fall in love with the beauty of poetry. I can’t wait to share this book with every teacher I know!Todd Nesloney, Director of Culture & Strategic Leadership, TEPSA
Todd Nesloney, Director of Culture & Strategic Leadership, TEPSA
Writing, like teaching, is a mixture of art and science. So many professional texts make writing scientific—practical, discrete steps that can be broken down and easily taught to any student. In Poetry Pauses, Brett Voeglsinger brings the art and magic and mystery of writing back to our classrooms. This practical and beautiful book invites us to look at poetry in a new way. It nudges us to consider that poetry is not just a genre to be studied one month a year, but a genre that unlocks possibilities for student writers at every stage of the writing process—from planning to drafting to polishing. Poetry Pauses reminds us once again that poetry is a vehicle through which we can teach ‘every essential feature’ of writing in any genre and can be the ‘foundation for a year of motivated writing’ (Atwell 2015, 317–318). This book will live on the corner of my desk to be used every day in my teaching.Rebekah O'Dell, co-author of "Writing with Mentors" and "Beyond Literary Analysis"
Rebekah O'Dell, co-author of "Writing with Mentors" and "Beyond Literary Analysis"
Poetry, and taking time to pause, is a powerful ally in the endeavor to strengthen student writing. Vogelsinger’s work is jam-packed with protocols, activities, resources, and just the right amount of research that will not only meet your students’ writing needs, but also their need to connect to self, SEL, and society.Andy Schoenborn, teacher consultant and teacher, National Writing Project, Clare Public Schools
Andy Schoenborn, teacher consultant and teacher, National Writing Project, Clare Public Schools