Saturday, 28 September 2019

My plenary session: Lifting poetry off the page - FAAPI 2019

 Students can learn how to use grammar in their own writing by studying how poets do—and do not—abide by traditional writing rules in their work. Poetry enables teachers to teach their students how to write, read, and understand any text but it can also be used as a means to build empathy and understanding. In this way it can be a vehicle for messages of social justice, bringing our attention towards and better conceptualizing injustices, and helping us cope with such injustices.

Through a practical classroom-based approach and using three poems: originally by Carol Ann Duffy, Neighbours by Benjamin Zephaniah and The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, I showed how to enable students to engage confidently with poetry while becoming aware of social issues. 

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