I was in Chicago for NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) the week before Thanksgiving. What a blast! The main reason I went was to be part of Sylvia Vardell‘s panel, “Poetry for Paupers,” offering low-cost?poetry resources for?educators.
The panel was terrific! Sylvia started off with an amazingly rich resource list of poetry, which she posted on her blog, too.
Then Janet talked about poetry e-thologies,’read a few poets’ poems,?and shared’some online resources, including her fantastic Poetry Suitcase, a project I’ve used?in schools–kids love this!
Then it was my turn. I shared some poems from both Stampede! and BookSpeak! and some features of my blog and website that I thought teachers might find especially useful, like 15 Words or Less Thursdays, Poetry Fridays, etc. I also talked about a few blogs/websites just perfect for teachers.?Get my handout right here.
Next, Stephen Young of Poetry Out Loud! spoke about the poetry recitation program for high schoolers and how it works and what it offers to kids. What a cool thing for high schoolers to be involved in.
Finally, Youssef Biaz, the current Poetry Out Loud! champion, performed “Filling Station,” by Elizabeth Bishop. Wow.
Sylvia, as always, ran this session with enthusiasm, grace, and a passion for poetry. We started on time, ended on time, and offered a wide variety of resources that I hope teachers will love.