Ordering Experience: Poetry Powers

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  1. It reveals a great deal about how they are feeling (at present or throughout these last two years).
  2. It helps them practice precision in writing, and it opens them up to the artistry of language through their focus on sound, images, and form.
  3. It develops those deeper (connected learning) connections that help us really know our students, and then ultimately, teach them better throughout the year.
  4. It is a form of Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) education, and it is culturally responsive and culturally competent teaching as well.
  • “I almost always begin with description, as a way of focusing on that compelling image, the poem’s ‘given.’”
  • “If I do my work of study and examination, and if I am lucky, the image which I’ve been intrigued by will become a metaphor, will yield depth and meaning, will lead me to insight.”
  • “There’s something else, some gravity or charge to this image that makes me need to investigate it.”
  • “There’s a terrific kind of exhilaration for me at this point in the unfolding of a poem, when a line of questioning has been launched, and the work has moved from evocation to meditation.”
  • “The drama of the poem is its action of thinking through a question.”

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