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Commission on the Teaching of Poetry - Previous Revision

Commission Co-Chairs:

Danny Wade, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Bonner Slayton, Moore-Norman Technology Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Commission Website Contact:

Sue Weinstein, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Commission Liaison:

Michael Moore, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

  1. To promote the teaching of poetry across all curriculums.
  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. Develop a proposal for a round table session at the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
         The theme for the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia is Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines. In San Antonio, roundtable leaders presented interactive lessons as means of promoting poetry as a relevant mode of expression in the 21st century.  Based on the NCTE Philadelphia proposal description and the ideas generated at the 2008 NCTE Poetry Commission Meeting, the commission will now develop a proposal titled “The Poem that was a Thinker.”  In this roundtable session, presenters will demonstrate how they utilize classical and contemporary poems to stimulate student thinking.  By late December or early January, a proposal describing the roundtable presentation in more detail will be provided to members for review. A final proposal will be submitted to NCTE by January 19, 2009.
  2. Develop a CEE-Poetry Commission Writing Gallery as a component of NCTE’s National Day on Writing to be held on October 20, 2009.  
         In late February or early March 2009, the Poetry Commission will set up a group in the National Writing Gallery sponsored by NCTE.  The Commission will then encourage students, poets, poetry teachers, colleagues, and others to upload original poetry or poetry resources to the Poetry Commission sponsored gallery.  This will be done throughout 2009 and shared with the nation on National Writing Day.  This activity will promote poetry writing and teaching in all its forms and give poets and teachers of poetry from all walks of life a platform to share their craft. 
  3. Book Proposal. 
         The book will be an edited collection focusing on poetry educators - classroom teachers, teaching artists, and others who teach poetry to youth of middle school or high school age. For each contributor, the book would feature a poem the contributor has written about the experience of working with youth, a first person reflection on the experience of being a teacher of poetry, and a favorite workshop/lesson plan that includes student work that came out of the workshop/lesson. The book will include an introduction that discusses the current state of poetry education and an appendix listing programs and venues around the country that focus on youth poetry. 
         Sue Weinsten, Louisiana State University, will prepare a call for submissions. Throughout 2009 and at the 2009 CEE meeting, participants will review submissions and develop a plan of presentation.  Those who are interested in submitting, please send submissions to Sue Weinstein at or
  4. Develop a more up to date and interactive commission webpage.  The Commission will work to design a more interactive web page that will include various poetry links, discussion groups, and multimedia content.  Please send your ideas to the commission website contact, Sue Weinstein, Louisiana State University,
  5. Continue compiling poetry lesson plans to recommend to teachers fearful of teaching poetry.  
         The Poetry Commission is compiling lessons for teachers who are fearful of teaching poetry. Interested persons, regardless of membership in the Poetry Commission, should email lessons to Danny Wade at  Please send as a Word document.  There is no required format.

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