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

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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. This book 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 ...

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Overview

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. This book 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 twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845534400
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Series: Frameworks for Writing Series
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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