Workshops are tailored for
but here are some ideas and examples:
Why poetry Designed to jump start ongoing poetry exploration by helping
to set the tone, develop focus, and generate enthusiasm. May be offered at
any point during classroom exploration of poetry.
Visual Art & the Written Word A hands-on approach great for the
classroom, camps, enrichment classes and scout troops, and as an adjunct
to art programming. Projects may include life-sized poetry autobiographies,
poetry mobiles, collages and keepsake boxes.
Theme and Holiday Related Poetry Poetry focused on themes such
as the environment, diversity, conflict resolution, and citizenship. Poetry
that explores holidays such as Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July,
and Black History Month.
Sensory Exploration A hands-on, eyes-on, nose-on and ears-on exploration of poetry triggered by sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.
Integrating Poetry Across the Curriculum Poetry can enhance any
area of the curriculum. Science and poetry share the critical element of “observation.” Math and poetry share concepts of pattern and sequence.
Poetry brings to life historic characters and events, making them accessible
Performance Poetry Performing a poem from the “inside out” yields a
very different experience and understanding for both performer and
audience than does simply reading and discussing a poem. This workshop
develops public speaking and audience skills.
Poetry in Motion Workshop participants navigate poetry through
movement. Participants explore how the human body articulates poetic
verse, how static images translate into dance - inhabiting the very poems
they are writing and reading. No prior dance experience needed.
Multi-grade Level Workshops Older students facilitate younger
students in exploring poetry.
Beyond the Basics A more advanced exploration of poetic concepts such
as voice, imagery, form, revision and publication.
Life Challenges Workshops for new students, children with divorced or
divorcing parents, children who have siblings with special needs, peer
mediators, social skills groups. While young people may find it difficult to “talk” about the challenges they face, poetry can be a comfortable common
dialogue and springboard for further discussion.
Poetry as Spiritual Expression Poetry as a form of wonder, awe and prayer. Designed for religious day schools and religious organizations of