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How to Teach Poetry

Create Your Own Poetry Classroom
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Last updated 4/2016
  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn the benefits of an online extension of a physical classroom
Create a successful poetry classroom
Teach poetry using digital platforms
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  • Interest in teaching poetry

In under 2 hours learn how to create your own poetry classroom using blended learning. Discover the benefits of combining traditional teaching techniques with digital resources. Throughout the course you will be exposed to new resources which will help you to improve student literacy and drive for social activism. Instructors for the course are the founders of PowerPoetry.org, the world's largest online poetry community with over 300,000 registered Power Poets. Our engaging instructional videos and detailed course content will help you to become a stronger, more successful poetry educator.

Who is the target audience?
  • Educators who teach English, writing, or poetry classes should take this course
  • Group leaders of recreational poetry classes
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Curriculum For This Course
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How to Teach Poetry: Create Your Own Poetry Classroom
15 Lectures 43:54

In this video, you will:

  • Meet PowerPoetry.org’s founder Roland Legiardi-Laura as he introduces the world's first and largest digital, online poetry community for youth
  • Learn how to combine digital communication with literacy and in-class learning    

Introduction (1 of 15)

In this video you will learn what a typical boots on the ground poetry class looks like as well as tips for creating your own poetry classroom, including:

  • When and how to best promote student interest in the classroom
  • Introducing students to “close-reading” strategies
  • “Heavy-lifting” reading work
  • Writing prompts for students
  • Concept of the “Class Reading Master”
  • Promotion of students' sophisticated commentary and constructive criticism

Classroom Walkthrough (2 of 15)

In this video you'll learn how to:

  • Use PowerPoetry's "No Poetry" Poetry technique
  • Bring an exciting and approachable attitude to the classroom
  • Discover the heart of poetry
  • Teach students to master poetry skills
"No Poetry" Poetry Technique (3 of 15)

In this video you will learn answers to the questions: Who runs the classroom? Who runs the world? You will also learn how to:

  • Use PowerPoetry's model for a student-lead, democratized poetry class.
  • Encourage student participation in the classroom
  • Create a safe classroom space for students to participate and express themselves
  • Teach students to apply leadership and poetry-writing skills to real-world situations

    Democratize the Classroom (4 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Apply the model of the most ideal classroom structure
    • Turn the classroom into a safe space for both teachers and students
    • Cultivate strong student/teacher relationships in your poetry classroom
    • Mentor students as a family member as opposed to solely an educator

    Creating a Safe Space (5 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Prevent the classroom from becoming claustrophobic
    • Extend the classroom environment to include real-world experiences
    • Encourage students to apply all five senses when writing
    • Use PowerPoetry.org’s digital classroom feature as a resource for teaching poetry

    Going Beyond the Classroom (6 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to teach students to:

    • Communicate verbally, effectively
    • Willingly embrace and seek to improve speech skills
    • View their own voice as an instrument rather than something to be feared
    • Become articulate and confident public speakers through poetry

    Encourage Public Speaking (7 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Motivate student literacy and social engagement
    • Take student poetry skills beyond the classroom to make a social impact while improving literacy
    • Become a powerful person in society through the mastery of language
    • Encourage students to gravitate away from writing about themselves and instead about their community and real-world situations
    • Change the world with words
    Social Impact and Literacy (8 of 15)

    In this video you will learn:

    • Engagement strategies for powerful writing
    • The personal story of a student who took poetry skills beyond the classroom to initiate a call to action and promote positive change in the community
    • Benefits of social impact through poetry

    A Student's Story (9 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Promote student conversation about personal struggles in order to form insightful poetry
    • Inspire students to realize that problems in their own lives are representative of the world’s largest political issues
    Classroom Engagement (10 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to use:

    • PowerPoetry.org to enhance and augment poetry classwork
    • Action Guides built on issues that are commonly present in teen poetry with the aim to inspire social change
    • Skill set Tip Guides for discovering new styles and forms of poetry
    • Poetry glossary to make students more familiar with common poetry terms/devices and excited for using these  techniques in their writing

    Using PowerPoetry (11 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Participate in writing prompts
    • Become a truthful and honest educator
    • Mentor and relate to students

    Mentor Modeling (12 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Use the "Read and Feed" system of positive communication
    • Inspire social and emotional learning and support between students
    • Teach students to respond effectively and meaningfully to work of peers, with both understanding and empathy
    • Create a confidential classroom environment
    Read and Feed (13 of 15)

    In this video you will learn how to:

    • Maximize time and space in the classroom
    • Conduct class sessions so that each student leaves fulfilled
    • Work closely with students to build trust
    • Make sure that all students are seen and heard even in a short period of time
    Online Classroom (14 of 15)

    In this video you will learn:

    • Language is power
    • PowerPoetry resources function as a digital extension of the classroom 
    • Techniques for students to participate and share ideas
    • PowerPoetry is a life skill set building experience
    Final Sign-Off (15 of 15)
    About the Instructor
    4.6 Average rating
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    976 Students
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    Roland is a documentary filmmaker, poet and educator. He developed PowerPoetry based on his work in New York City public schools and he serves
    as the organization's chief executive. His poetry has been widely published and anthologized and he is the long-time director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where the slam poetry phenomenon originated. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Roland's most recent documentary "To Be Heard" tells the story of three high school poets from the Bronx who use their poetry to change their lives and impact the world. His motto is, "If you don't learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you."

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