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ERIC Number: ED504750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-19
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Viewing a Poem as Argument: Helping Students Understand Contemporary Poetry
Bauer, Sara
National Writing Project (NJ3)
When high school honors students were put off by contemporary poetry, the author engaged them by analyzing the poem as an "argument." Using the Toulmin model to establish a warrant, advance a claim, and locate details to support that claim, students were able, by treating a poem as an argument, to increase their understanding of the poet's intention. Increased understanding may be a first step toward increased enjoyment.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey