NCTE offers consultants and services on poetry instruction that when used together, provide extended learning opportunities for teachers and makes a positive impact on learning. These opportunities include the Pathways Program, Web Seminars, Resource Kits and books relating to poetry for study groups.
Consultants are available to present one-day or multi-day presentations or provide year-round consulting. All workshops and presentations can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Youth Poetry and Media Production in 21st Century Classrooms
Consultant: Korina Jocson
Audience: Grades 6-12 teachers, teacher educators, literacy coaches
Focus: Teaching poetry and writing across media platforms
This workshop will provide an overview of youth poetry and spoken word in relation to hip-hop and new media culture. Participants will be introduced to a pedagogical stance that treats poetry as a democratic medium with possibilities for artistic and political empowerment among historically marginalized populations. Participants will read, view, and discuss contemporary poems, including the works of emerging and established youth poets. Building on writing as process, participants will also write their own poems to incite or further develop innovative ideas for media production in their own settings. Included in the workshop will be a look at existing youth programs, community-based organizations, and other related resources.
Meet IRA/NCTE Standards, Teach Character Counts, Through Poetry Writing in the Classroom
Consultant: Ingrid Wendt
Poetry in the classroom: frill or tool? This hands-on session for elementary and middle-school audiences will support your hunch that what is learned while writing poems does carry over into all areas of Language Arts, and across the curriculum, actually fulfilling NCTE/IRA Standards.
Poems You Didn’t Know You Could Write: Language Play with Reluctant Readers and Writers
Consultant: Ingrid Wendt
Looking for new ways to “snag” students into writing? This hands-on workshop will help non-writers lose their dread of teaching poetry writing in the classroom through engaging activities that bring out the poet in everyone. Participants begin by looking at “writer’s block” and ways to get around it. Then, with the pressure removed to produce whole poems, they experiment with some of poetry’s building blocks: figures of speech, musical language, rhythm, parallel structures, and repetition.