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ERIC Number: EJ1068168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
"Now I Believe if I Write I Can Do Anything": Using Poetry to Create Opportunities for Engagement and Learning in the Language Arts Classroom
Wiseman, Angela M.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v6 n2 p22-33 2010
This paper describes how adolescent students responded to a poetry workshop in an English classroom where the content was derived from their knowledge from their various life experiences and understanding of world events. Informed by theories of New Literacy Studies, ethnographic methods of participant-observation were used to document an eighth grade urban public school classroom where a community member implemented a weekly program using music lyrics and poetry for an entire school year. Findings demonstrate how poetry, facilitated learning by attending to students' emotions and background knowledge, encouraging social collaboration, and providing an authentic purpose for students to communicate through their writing. A community-based poetry workshop provided students with powerful ways of using language to communicate led to important learning opportunities at school.
Descriptors: Language Arts, Poetry, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Workshops, English Instruction, Student Experience, Ethnography, Participant Observation, Grade 8, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Writing (Composition), Language Usage, Personal Narratives, Self Expression, Cooperation, Relevance (Education)
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://jolle.coe.uga.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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