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Commission on the Teaching of Poetry

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Attend the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta in November. Commissions will meet on Friday, November 18 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 from 2:45-4:00 p.m. (rooms yet to be assigned) and join our discussions!

Commission Co-Chairs:
Bonner Slayton, Moore-Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Danny Wade, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Commission Liaison:
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


  1. To promote the teaching of poetry across all curriculum.
  2. To examine, suggest, and promote innovative ways of teaching and responding to poetry.
  3. To establish a culture and community for the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry.

Current Projects:

  1. The Poetry Commission has completed research on each State’s ELA Standards prior to Common Core, analyzing the treatment of poetry teaching in grades 6-12. The findings have also been examined in relation to the 6-12 Common Core ELA standards. Poetry Commission Members, Hood Frazier and Danny Wade, presented the findings at the NCTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The Commission is now collaborating on a manuscript.

  2. The Poetry Commission will be leading a roundtable session at the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention: “So Much Depends Upon the Future: The Reading and Writing of Poetry Now!"

  3. The Commission continues to compile poetry lessons designed for teachers who are fearful of poetry. These lessons are disseminated at conferences and upon request. Interested persons, regardless of membership in the Poetry Commission, should email lessons to Danny Wade.  Please send as a Word document.  There is no required format.

  4. Hood Frazier, Poetry Commission member and Professor at James Madison University, is working on his book manuscript, Exploring Poetry: Conversations with Contemporary American Poets. Frazier’s manuscript has several chapters devoted to interviews with poets such as Ted Kooser, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, and Greg Orr. Included with each poet is a lesson plan for teaching his or her poems. Each lesson plan includes procedures, is connected to reading and writing standards, and has samples of student work. Hood requested that Poetry Commission members create and execute these poetry lessons. Indeed, several commission members did submit and their lessons are included in the manuscript. Hood is still seeking a publisher for the book and would love any suggestions that the CEE Executive Committee can provide.


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