Writing Poetry through the Eyes of Science: A Teacher's Guide to Scientific Literacy and Poetic Response

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Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science: A Teacher's Guide to Scientific Literacy and Poetic Response presents a unique and effective interdisciplinary approach to teaching science poems and science poetry writing in secondary English and science classrooms. A collaboration between two award-winning teachers, one in English, the other in science, this crossover work demonstrates how scientific literacy, knowledge, and methods can inform and inspire poetic response in the classroom and in the field. Writing ...
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Overview

Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science: A Teacher's Guide to Scientific Literacy and Poetic Response presents a unique and effective interdisciplinary approach to teaching science poems and science poetry writing in secondary English and science classrooms. A collaboration between two award-winning teachers, one in English, the other in science, this crossover work demonstrates how scientific literacy, knowledge, and methods can inform and inspire poetic response in the classroom and in the field. Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science illustrates how students can utilize field research, observations, sensory data gathering, poetic writing strategies, and model science poems by poets, scientists, students, and teachers to produce skillful and creative science poetry. The authors explore the commonalities shared by the domains of science and poetry as well as the potentials for intersections and interactions across those two domains. As the science teacher raises scientific questions and suggests technical vocabulary to further language specificity and precision, the poetry teacher demonstrates multiple poetic stances enabling imaginative poetic responses. The active, hands-on, collaborative nature of the classroom atmosphere motivates students to write inspired poems, and students who have never before written poetry can become excited, engaged, and productive. A particular benefit is that science poetry can engage the science-minded and poetically reluctant students to write and appreciate poetry, even as science can inform, engage and enhance more literary-minded students' poetic responses. At the same time, both English and science teachers can take pleasure in writing science poetry with their students and in exploring and sharing the connections and convergence of their domains. Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science is built on original field data gathered by Colfax from expeditions to Iceland and other locations around the world as well as the original poetry and poetry teaching techniques of Gorrell. It illustrates basic science poetry writing exercises useful for students of all levels and abilities, and includes student work as well as commentary and feedback on their science poems in each chapter. It then moves to advanced exercises designed to teach the inspired poems of awe, empathy, outrage, protest, meditation, speculation, and perplexity. In the final section of the work, the authors present sample lesson plans specifically designed for the advanced English language and composition curriculum as well as for advanced science courses in research, ecology, and the environment. This professional resource shows both English and science teachers how to cross-fertilize the knowledge, skills, and methods shared by their disciplines-in particular, the creative, critical, and metaphoric thinking skills used in both poetry writing and scientific research. Writing Poetry Through the Eyes of Science provides the tool-science poetry-enabling English and science teachers alike to discover the value of their common ground, empowering them to envision, create, and experience an innovative pedagogy for the 21st century.
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Meet the Author

Nancy Gorrell is an English teacher, poet, and award-winning author of numerous articles on the teaching of poetry in the English Journal. Her poetry has appeared in English Journal, Rockford Review, BlueLINE: A Literary Magazine of the Adirondacks, and Footwork: Paterson Literary Review, among others. A former New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, in 2001 she was awarded Outstanding English Language Arts Educator by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, and she received a Governor's Award in Arts Education from the State of New Jersey. Erin Colfax is a science teacher and research explorer who has spent the past several years traveling throughout the seven continents while conducting five international research projects designed to enlighten her students and enhance their education of "real world science". Colfax has been named Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, was a New Jersey Business / Industry / Science Education Consortium Scholar, and was identified as an Up and Coming Female Legend.
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Table of Contents

PROLEGOMENON: (What is Being Said First) Connections: Bridging the Cultural Divide
PROLOGUE: "Dances with Stars": How I Wrote My First Science Poem
INTRODUCTION: ENTERING COMMON GROUND: LET SCIENCE POETRY LEAD THE WAY

SECTION ONE: FOUNDATION: PRINCIPLES, ISSUES, AND PEDAGOGY
HIDE AND SEEK: MULTIPLE WAYS OF SEEING "TREES"
WHAT IS POETRY?: DEVELOPING THE POETIC EYE
WHAT IS SCIENCE?: DEVELOPING THE SCIENTIFIC EYE
WHAT IS SCIENCE POETRY?: MAKING CONNECTIONS: A "TSUNAMI" OF POSSIBILITY
HOW TO TEACH SCIENCE POETRY WRITING: TEACHER AS "CHEMICAL ARTIST"

SECTION TWO: FUNDAMENTALS: BASIC LESSONS FOR SCIENCE POETRY WRITING
IT'S A GEM!: ROCKS AND MINERALS
WHAT'S BUGGIN' YOU?: INSECTS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS
INTO THE FIELD: IT'S ONLY NATURAL

SECTION THREE FUSION: ADVANCED LESSONS FOR SCIENCE POETRY WRITING
WRITING FROM AWE, WONDER, REVERENCE, AND EMPATHY
WRITING FROM OUTRAGE, PROTEST, PERPLEXITY, AND SPECULATION

SECTION FOUR: FORGING COMMON GROUND: INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM
WALKING IN THIS WORLD WITH OUR STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES
HOW TO ASSESS STUDENT SCIENCE POETRY: THE ART OF RESPONSE

CONCLUSION: TOWARD A NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY LITERACY
EPILOGUE: WHAT IS BEING SAID LAST

APPENDIX A: RECOMMENDED "TIMELY" COURSE DESIGN
APPENDIX B: RECOMMENDED COURSE DESIGN: A TWO-WEEK UNIT PLAN
APPENDIX C: SCIENCE POETRY RESOURCES FOR THE TEACHER
APPENDIX D: FURTHER READING FOR THE TEACHER
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