Evidently, there is not an official #poetrychat, but isn’t it a sweet idea?
Poetry serves as an important and beautiful lens into the literary world, and it deserves more than a hurrah during National Poetry Month.
I find that the more I talk about poetry the more I use poems in my classroom. Not like that’s a big surprise. The more I talk about books the more my students read.
So, I’ve been giving this a ton of thought. Do I want one more grape on my plate? And the answer has to be yes.
Meeting Jason and hearing about how his introduction to poetry changed the trajectory of his life was another testament to the power of poetry and what reading and writing it can do for a young person.
Aren’t we as literacy educators always looking for ways to engage and empower our young people and give them opportunities to grow as readers and writers?
So, yes, even if I get YDFW at my school next year (which I’m pretty sure is a done deal), I still feel the need to join other educators who are passionate about the “art” in language arts for a monthly poetry chat.
The teacher-writers at Three Teachers Talk are starting a monthly poetry chat. We hope to connect educators and poets, and work to infuse poetry into the year-long curriculum of ELA classrooms.
“A Poem about Topics for a Poetry Chat”
Ways to share student-written poems
Poetry to teach allusion,
Books in verse
Verses for book talks
We will meet the first Monday of each month at 8:00ET, directly following #engchat at 7. Remember to use the hashtag #poetrychat — and to have links ready to your favorite poems and lesson ideas.
Mark your calendar for Monday, May 4 at 7:00 pm Central Time.
Leave your ideas for topics in the comments. Thanks!