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ERIC Number: EJ1003146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Love that Poem! Using Imitation to Teach Poetry
Brannon, April
English Journal, v102 n2 p51-56 Nov 2012
Sharon Creech's book, "Love That Dog," is the story of a young poet named Jack, a good teacher, and a dog. Using free verse, Jack describes how he becomes a writer in dated journal entries. He is just an average kid, like so many of the kids in one's classes. But Jack has an excellent English teacher in Miss Stretchberry. She assigns freewriting and journals, she finds ways to create an audience for student work by putting it up on bulletin boards and holding class readings, and she even invites a published poet to speak to her class. Teachers can learn a lot from Miss Stretchberry. Part of what makes Miss Stretchberry's poetry instruction so effective is the use of imitation in her lessons. Good teachers realize the importance of finding model poems that inspire both students' thinking and writing. Inspired by the writings of Ellen Bass, Mary Oliver, and Margaret Atwood, the author describes how imitating contemporary poems can help students develop their creative and critical abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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