Residency DescriptionBecause poetry has been defined as experience captured in language, students are taught to write in a "hands-on" manner in my workshops: They examine how language in various styles of poetry is used to create imagery, rhythm, sound, and emotion, and discuss how elements of poetry, i.e., onomatopoeia, alliteration, metaphor, simile, rhyme, etc., further this process so that students thoroughly understand how poetry works. Students also learn techniques to engage the imagination so they know how to approach writing their own poems; and finally, they receive backgrounds on poets they read in class. Sample state curriculum standards that Adele's residencies meet for grades 9-12: STANDARD 1: The student will comprehend and interpret a variety of print, non-print and electronic texts, and other media. INDICATOR 1.2: The student will comprehend and interpret a variety of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and informational texts (e.g., articles, editorials, essays, speeches, literary criticism STANDARD 2: The student will analyze and evaluate a variety of print, non-print and electronic texts, and other media. INDICATOR 2.1: The student will analyze and evaluate a variety of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and informational texts. STANDARD 3: The student will compose in a variety of modes by developing content, employing specific forms, and selecting language appropriate for a particular audience and purpose. INDICATOR 3.2: The student will compose texts using the prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing strategies of effective writers and speakers.
Teacher Training or Workshops Provided
"Revising Children's Poems" is a series of workshops that occur at the conclusion of the residency. Teachers put theory into practice as they learn to discern the difference between using language to create versus using language to describe. Participants receive guidelines to help them understand the process of creative, i.e., how they can use langauge in a manner that is precise enough to create an image, rhythm and music, or stir emotions. Teachers are given poems to edit, rewrite, and read with time set aside for them to discuss the reasons for revisions. The goal is to help teachers be better guides for their student poets.
Name: Kelly Straub
Residency Location: Bayside Elementary School - Students wrote Beat, Blues, and Ecphrastic Poetry.
Paper, pens, pencils, and clipboards for writing outside the classroom.
To which regions can you travel for only the day?:
Which regions can you stay overnight?: Eastern ShoreCentral MDGreater WashingtonSouthern MDWestern MD
Travel Requirements: Technical/Space Needs: Access to an overhead, CD and tape players, and a large room for poetry readings. Materials Needed: Paper, pens, pencils, and clipboards for writing outside the classroom.