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ERIC Number: EJ810871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Aces in the Deck: Four Principles for Assessing and Strengthening Student Poems
Morrow, Stephen; Hermsen, Terry
Teaching Artist Journal, v6 n1 p20-34 Jan 2008
In the late 1970s, poet Lewis MacAdams labeled the many writers beginning to visit schools as "wild cards in the deck of education," bringing fresh possibilities to a somewhat staid curriculum. Now, nearly thirty years later, the authors wonder if it isn't time to renew the metaphor, as everyone strive to name what happens when poets bring their art to kids. This article looks at the poems produced when undergraduate creative writing majors from Otterbein College visited classes at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, conducting residencies in the writing of poetry. Choosing four flexible yet measurable elements of the art--(a) metaphor, (b) surprise, (c) detail, and (d) point of view--the authors propose that these factors are not only eminently teachable but offer ways to articulate student growth while being true to the subtle nature of poetry. Applied in context--and with the recognition that each student poem is a unique creation in itself--these principles may provide some possible "aces" to go along with that original wild-card energy that MacAdams envisioned. (Contains 2 endnotes, figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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