Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.
This book addresses (and aims to dismantle) writer woundedness, a state of being that prevents students from trusting themselves as capable of writing something they can feel good about. Wounded Writers Ask: Am I Doing it Write? invites students to begin a new writing history through a collection of 48 free-writes that explore list writing, aesthetic writing, word craft, and writing that delves into personal life stories. These free-writes are invitations to develop a lead or improve a story title, to discover a character’s name or replace one word for another that is more vivid, to locate a story idea or revise a story’s focus. More than this, Wounded Writers Ask: Am I Doing it Write? emphasizes creative consciousness over correctness, where writing is a vehicle for exploring identity and (re)claiming voice across multiple grade levels. This book is for the wounded student writer as much as it is for the wounded classroom teacher as writer, who may feel burdened by his/her own writing history such that he/she struggles with where or how to start. For each free-write, Leigh offers Before Writing, During Writing, and After Writing suggestions with samples of student writing to guide teachers into writing engagements with their students that break down walls and open up new vistas.
This book provides teachers with the hows and whys of effective vocabulary instruction, through the use of visual organizers, user-friendly appendices, classroom vignettes, and simple, clear language, encouraging professionals to truly engage their pupils.
Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process
Author: Susan G. Wooldridge
In this personal, inspiring guide to a creative life, Wooldridge shares her own journey of the heart—from loss and grief to a return to wholeness and joy. Offering poetry exercises, journal writing, and other practices to encourage creative play—including foraging and assembling collages with found objects—Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process will motivate you to reevaluate what’s most important in your world. Through intimate stories about transforming what life brings your way, the book will help open your heart to more creativity—DELIGHT AND VITALITY—whether it’s through photography, dance, gardening, cooking, songwriting, or poetry. Foolsgold includes dozens of suggestions to help you free the artist within by cultivating a creative lifestyle that will not only expand and inspire you but may also ground and heal you. From the Hardcover edition.
In Poem Central, Shirley McPhillips helps us better understand the central role poetry can play in our personal lives and in the life of our classrooms. She introduces us to professional poets, teachers, and students--people of different ages and walks of life--who are actively engaged in reading and making poems. Their stories and their work show us the power of poems to illuminate the ordinary, to nurture, inspire and stand alongside us for the journey. Poem Central is divided into three main parts--weaving poetry into our lives and our classrooms, reading poems, and writing poems. Shirley has structured the book in short sections that are easy to read and dip into. Each section has a specific focus, provides background knowledge, shows poets at work, highlights information on crafting, defines poetic terms, features finished work, includes classroom examples, and lists additional resources.
Presents exercises and wordplay experiments to teach amateur writers how to enjoy writing creatively, and includes tips for finding inspiration, returning to old ideas with fresh perspectives, and retaining confidence in writing.
Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Poetry. "Susan Wooldridge's poems arrive breathless with the wonder and power of language, drenched in the magic of the natural world, and touched with mysticism. With one foot grounded in humor and the other in awe, she takes on topics ranging from driving a car full of vegetables to the eros of geese, but her true subject is always the mysterious intersection of the human and what lies beyond our power to describe"--Alison Luterman. Susan Wooldridge's previous book is titled Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words (Clarkson Potter, 1996). She curently lives in Chico, California.
Helping Students Love Language Through Authentic Vocabulary Instruction
Author: Judy Rowe Michaels
Publisher: National Council of Teachers
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book argues for a deeper, richer view of vocabulary than the standard images conjured up by that word--worksheets, weekly quizzes, and anxieties about standardized test scores. The book invites teachers and students to experience "the music of words," words in isolation and in juxtapositions, and urges them to bring their own life experiences to language, showing in turn how language can help them know that experience more fully. It demonstrates how to build a community in the classroom where curiosity about language is the norm. It states that, within this community, students and teacher not only take time to test out shades of connotation and learn about how words and syntax create voice, they also: engage in personal and philosophical discussions that grow from seemingly simple words such as "solitude,""self," and "phony"; participate in dance and theater games as ways of mastering language; keep individual word lists which they share with the class through a variety of exercises; free-associate through discussion and freewrites on key words from literature; write their own dictionary definitions of familiar words; experiment with the rhythms and sounds of words through poetry writing; and explore the different vocabularies used in a big city newspaper--in sportswriting, book and TV reviews, news reporting, editorials, and science writing. (Each chapter contains notes, and a 17-item annotated bibliography of books for further reading is attached.) (NKA)
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