ERIC Number: ED267441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Preventive Maintenance: Establishing a Climate for Poetry.
Teachers can help students learn the art of good poetry writing in a number of ways. One is to offer students a list of poetry standards that ask students to consider the poem's conciseness, clarity of thought, and imagery; the use of nouns and verbs, and of metaphors; the sound of words; the structure, tone, and control of the poem; and the reader. Other ways are to create a list of poets to work with and to read at least one book on the craft of creative writing. The teacher can also provide the student with a list of words not to use--overused nouns, overused or opinionated adjectives and adverbs, and assorted cliches--and offer students advice from famous writers, editors, and publishers. To avoid overwhelming the beginner, the teacher should start small, focusing on one skill at a time and building upon it, while presenting models of good poetry. Finally, the teacher should encourage students to enter contests or to try publishing in a publication so they sense that they are writing for an audience other than the teacher. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Missouri Association of Teachers of English (Lee's Summit, MO, April 20, 1985).