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  • 1.PoetryandDrama--and Mice!ELE 616 Readings and Research in Childrens Literature Fall 2012

2. 2Young Adult Librarian Dewey on poetry 3. 3Dewey and poetry 2 4. 4More Dewey and poetry 5. What isPoetry? 6. 6Poetry Poetry (ancient Greek: (poieo) = I create) is an art form inwhich human language is used forits aesthetic qualities in addition to,or instead of, its notional andsemantic content. It consists largelyof oral or literary works in whichlanguage is used in a manner that isfelt by its user and audience to differfrom ordinary prose. From an older version of the Poetry article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 7. 7What is poetry?What is poetry? Poetry really has no one setdefinition. Shadow Poetry definespoetry as the art of writingthoughts, ideas, and dreams intoimaginative language which cancontain verse, pause, meter,repetition, and rhyme. 8. 8 How poets have defined itHeres how some famous poets define poetry:The best words in the best order. Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe record of the best and happiest moments of the best and happiest minds. Percy Bysshe ShelleyIf I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that it is poetry. Emily DickinsonPoetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. William Wordsworth What is poetry? 9. 9A poetical answer What is Poetry?: A Non-Lecture What is poetry?Love lie with me, and I will tell. Poetry a lawless enterprise. Poetry the truth that reveals all lies. Poetry a camera-eye without a shutter. Poetry, unlike armchair philosophy, does not leave the world unchanged. Selection: What is Poetry?Rough Draft of an ARS POETICADelivered, on the occasion ofhis receiving The FrostMedal,by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 10. 10 12-year old Katies thoughts on poetry fromTrue to Form by Elizabeth Berg:If you see a sunset and try and describe it to someone in normal words, all you can say is, Boy, I saw a great sunset last night. But if you are a poet, you can give it to someone to feel for themselves. Like you make a little seed of what you saw, they swallow it, and it blooms again inside their own heart.. . . then there is the scritch scritch of my pen, trying to say something so true. What if it works? Then when I read it again, the little voice inside will say, Yes. Yes. Yes. From Poetry Thinks . . . by Kristine OConnell George 11. 11The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.Poetry Magazine. Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English- speaking world. 12. 12Sponsored by Poetry Foundation 13. 13Welcome to poetry.org Poetry.org is a resource site for poetry andpoets. Here you can learn about thehistory, meaning, and types of poetry, aswell as terms often used when reading andstudying poetry. There is also the resourcepage: a series of links to various poetrysites for daily poetry, poetry organizations,poet biographies, and more. And there isour selection of poetry from variousfamous poets, including WilliamShakespeare, Robert Frost, EmilyDickinson, and e e cummings. 14. 14The Academy of American Poets . . . administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award- winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month. 15. 15 16. 16 Other poetry websitesPoetry For Children 17. 17A poet who wrote a load of nonsenseEdward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little NonsenseEdward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: There Once Was 18. 18A Lear Mouse Limerick 19. 19Shel SilversteinThe Shel Silverstein Archive 20. 20Mouse poem by Shel Silverstein 21. Jack Prelutsky, the nations first21Childrens Poet LaureateNever Poke Your Uncle With a ForkFor years Jack Prelutsky has been known informally as a poet laureate for kids. Now the Poetry Foundation has made it official, naming him the nations first Childrens Poet Laureate and putting a prestigious stamp of approval on the man and his work. 22. 22Mice by Prelutsky 23. 23Poetry lessons WritingFix Project: Poetry Lessons & Prompts resources inspired by the NNWPs annual Pion Poetry Festival 24. 24 National Poetry Month What is NationalPoetry Month?Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26, 2012! 25. 25Whats the use of poetry?Can Poetry Really Change the World?. . . there are those, including myself, who believe in poets as the antennae of the race, as the conscience of society, or at least as Jack Kerouac said, the great rememberer redeeming life from darkness. The greatest poets greatest lines have entered mass consciousness, and they are great precisely because they have continued to resonate in our lives today. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poetry As News 26. 26 What makes good childrens poetry?Three elements of good childrens poetry:an emphasis on forma not too elaborate grammatical and narrative complexity a reasonable familiarity and established place in the language.Its worth noticing, however, that this has the harsh consequence that children are unable to write good childrens verseand we make a mistake when we demand they do so. J. Bottum, What Childrens Poetry is ForAmerican Educator, Fall 1997. 27. 27A Native American Poet 28. 28Poetry by young Native Americans 29. 29More Dewey and Poetry 30. 30What is a poetry slam, anyway? 31. 31 An organization for poetry slamsWhat is Poetry Slam, Inc.? Poetry Slam, Inc. is the official 501(c)(3)non-profit organization charged withoverseeing the international coalition ofpoetry slams. Though slams are maintainedin a growing number of cities by localvolunteer organizers, the vast majority ofslam series follow the rules established bythe governing body, and are certified by thegoverning body as slams that adhere to thevision slams founders established for the artform over a decade ago. 32. What aboutDrama? 33. 33What is drama? What is drama?Drama is an Ancient Greek word meaning act or deed. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle used this term in a very influential treatise called the Poetics. In this text, Aristotle classified different forms of poetry according to basic features he thought could be commonly recognised in their composition. He used the term drama to describe poetic compositions that were acted in front of audiences in a theatron. 34. 34What about theatre?What is theatre? Theatre is a living art. Theatre isstorytelling at its most magical.Theatre is reality. Theatre isfantasy. Theatre is the expression ofthe human condition in its myriadforms throughout history. Theatreis experimentation. Theatre isproblem-solving, and Theatre isfun. BA in Theatre Major/Minor 35. 35The Purpose of DramaWhy study drama? Through drama you can becomeanyone, anywhere, at anytime. Byunderstanding drama you can learnto understand anyone, anywhereanytime. Plays often capture theessence of a culture or a groupwithin that culture. They reveal theattitudes and opinions of their day. 36. 36Drama in education Why can drama lead to successful teaching andlearning?Drama . . . can offer a powerful stimulus in motivating children to learn as they are operating within a relationship that is human- to- human, rather than one that is human- to- abstract concept. It is this that acts as the lure to draw members of the class in and enables them to see the relevance of the learning Holden, J. (2002, Summer). Whats this got to do with maths? Education Review, 15,2 37. 37Drama as a motivator 38. 38 A special form of dramaReaders theatreReaders Theatre is an oral reading activity that closely resembles radio drama. Two or more readers stand or sit side by side, usually in a semicircle, holding scripts and reading their parts to portray characters, narration or exposition. Physical movement is minimal. Instead, speech conveys the action. Readers Theatre by Sam Sebesta 39. 39 What Is RT?And How Do You Really Spell It?There are many styles of readers theater, but nearly all share these features: Narration serves as the framework ofdramatic presentation. No full stage sets. If used at all, sets aresimple and suggestive. No full costumes. If used at all, costumesare partial and suggestive, or neutral anduniform. No full memorization. Scripts are usedopenly in performance Aaron ShepardFor more readers theater, visit Aaron Shepards RT Page atwww.aaronshep.com/rt 40. 40Native American plays Pushing Up the Sky: AndOther Native AmericanPlays for Children (2000) Acollection of stories by JosephBruchacFrom acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. 41. 41Drama from YA Librarian Dewey 42. 42Lesson plan ideas with drama Including a mouse!Getting children to start reading at a young age can be a real challenge. A great way to get elementary-aged children interested in reading is by staging or reading a play.The Lion & The Mouse Tess is a fearless mouse looking for an adventure. When her quest for an adventure leads her into a lions cave, Tess finds herself at the mercy of Balthazar the lion. Rather than eating her for dinner, Balthazar decides to become friends with Tess.