A Note Slipped under the Door: Teaching from Poems We Love

Overview

"WHATEVER SHIRLEY OR NICK TELL YOU-BELIEVE THEM."

- Naomi Shihab Nye

How do we read a poem? What can we teach from a poem we love? How can we name what poets do in order to inform our writing, our teaching?

In their staff development work with teachers, Nick Flynn and Shirley McPhillips have often encountered these and similar questions. This book invites preservice and inservice teachers, staff developers - anyone who wants to make a lasting place for poetry in their own and ...

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Overview

"WHATEVER SHIRLEY OR NICK TELL YOU-BELIEVE THEM."

- Naomi Shihab Nye

How do we read a poem? What can we teach from a poem we love? How can we name what poets do in order to inform our writing, our teaching?

In their staff development work with teachers, Nick Flynn and Shirley McPhillips have often encountered these and similar questions. This book invites preservice and inservice teachers, staff developers - anyone who wants to make a lasting place for poetry in their own and their students' lives - into many of these same primary through middle school classrooms for an up-close look at several thoughtful, rigorous, poetry inquiries.

Each chapter begins with a mentor poem as the centerpiece for discussion, followed by a short narrative of ways the authors view their world through that chapter's particular poetic "lens." The authors then walk the reader into a classroom writer's workshop where, through vignettes, conversations, and carefully designed mini-lessons, that chapter's key element of poetic practice is being studied over time.

Other aspects that will help teachers in designing and conducting inquiry around mentor poems include:

  • mini-lessons that take students through an inquiry from launch to in-depth extensions;
  • illustrations of student writing samples in the "try it" stages, successive drafts, and crafted poems;
  • words, stories, and examples of best-loved poets that inspire and instruct us in our own thinking and teaching;
  • appendixes that include various types of book lists, charts, conference transcripts, and additional poems.

A Note Slipped Under the Door will show how you might help your student writers let the poems they love teach them what they need to know, and build a writing life that includes finding and crafting their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103208
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 453,033
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A Compass Through These Waters
2. Watermelons in My Grandmother's Car: The Image
3. It Gets Late So Early: Eavesdropping
4. A Note Slipped Under the Door: Lists
5. Let the Cricket Take Up Chafing: Sounds of Language
6. What the Hand Dare Seize the Fire?: Questions and Wonderings
7. Just Being Enough: Writing Off Photographs
8. A Story That Could Be True: Time
9. Sitting Close to the Center: A Sense of Place
10. Hiding Inside the Black Granite: Looking Into
11. Kingdoms with Love: Spirituality and Social Justice
Appendix A: Poems
Appendix B: Conferences with Students
Appendix C: Bibliography
References
Index of Poem Titles and First Lines
Index of Published Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    A Millennium Must

    A Note Slipped Under the Door by Nick Flynn/Shirley McPhillips is THE 'how-to-teach-poetry' book of the new millennium! The format is a wonderful blend of easy to re-create lessons and an extremely well-written text with stories, anecdotes, and poems that will have you laughing and crying...but definitely eager to read on. As I read the first few chapters one Sunday night, I couldn't wait to get into school on Monday to try our EVERYTHING I'd learned. A Grade 3 Teacher

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