ERIC Number: ED057060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
"Kyte Creek" and "Spoon River Anthology."
Reynolds, A. L.
Illinois English Bulletin, v59 n1 p5-16 October 1971
An innovative approach to the teaching of poetry to juniors in high school is described. The subject matter selected for the class was "Spoon River Anthology," and students were then asked to write poems to appear in their own "Kyte Creek Anthology." The students were given copies of 40 poems from "Spoon River," and each orally interpreted one poem. A discussion was then held of the poems, and questions were asked to help students outline an incident that occurs in "Spoon River." When a thorough analysis of the poetry was completed, the students listened to a record of the 40 poems, performed by a professional. The students were each issued an outline to use as a guideline in developing poetry for their "Kyte Creek Anthology," a copy of which is provided. The poems were compiled in booklets, and students taped the material, using sound effects. After listening to the tapes, the students discussed their efforts and wrote critiques. The anthologies then went to the school newspaper for reproducing for the entire school. The students received two grades for their work--group criticisms from the teacher and criticisms that the classes had written. A sampling of poetry from "Kyte Creek Anthology" is given. (DB)
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Identifiers: Masters (Edgar Lee); Spoon River Anthology