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What does poetry mean to today's teenagers?

We Belong In History: Writing with William Stafford brings together middle and high school students from around Oregon to answer this question. This unique anthology mixes beloved Poet Laureate William Staffords poems with verses by young writers inspired by his work, his passions, and his legacy. Both an anthology for readers and a toolkit for teachers, this book also includes lesson plans to help instructors nurture a passion for poetry, for William Stafford, and for writing in the next generation.

Introduced by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, this collection honors the poet and his legacy as part of the centennial celebration of his birthday. Combining the past with the present, this collection creates a new history, one we all belong to.

What does poetry mean to today's teenagers?

We Belong In History: Writing with William Stafford brings together middle and high school students from around Oregon to answer this question. This unique anthology mixes beloved Poet Laureate William Staffords poems with verses by young writers inspired by his work, his passions, and his legacy. Both an anthology for readers and a toolkit for teachers, this book also includes lesson plans to help instructors nurture a passion for poetry, for William Stafford, and for writing in the next generation.

Introduced by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, this collection honors the poet and his legacy as part of the centennial celebration of his birthday. Combining the past with the present, this collection creates a new history, one we all belong to.

Synopsis:

We Belong in History celebrates William Staffords life as a writer, teacher, and Poet Laureate of Oregon. This collection presents excellent student writing inspired by his work, a selection of Staffords work, and three sets of lesson plans written by teachers. This allows teachers everywhere to inspire their own students to write in response to Staffords work. With an introduction by current poet laureate of Oregon, Paulann Petersen, teachers, student writers, Stafford-admirers, and poetry readers will enjoy We Belong in Historys celebration of the joy of writing.

About the Author

We Belong in History includes writing by former Poet Laureate William Stafford, Oregons middle and secondary school students, and two experienced Oregon teachers: Erin Fox Ocón, and Robin Scialaba—who have worked intensely with the William Stafford archives at Lewis and Clark College to develop hands-on writing curricula that encourage appreciation of William Staffords work, and allow students to develop their own habits, skills, and voices as writers.

Table of Contents

Ooligan Press Foreword

Introduction by Paulann Petersen

“A Way of Writing” by William Stafford

Nature

Family

Moments in Time

Lesson Plan Sets by Two Oregon Teachers

Nature and the Writing Process by Erin Fox Ocón
Writing Down My Family by Robin Scialaba

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Christopher Thomas, June 6, 2015 (view all comments by Christopher Thomas)
What Works:

Side Note: I would give this a 4.5 if I could, but 4 seems like a more honest answer than 5 if I have to choose between those two numbers. I figure I'll start out by saying that what works for me in this book is the interplay of Stafford's writing with that of the students. I've never encountered that approach before and so it added a novel element that I wasn't immediately expecting when I picked out the book to review. The other parts of the book that are unique are the lesson plans included in the back -- one each by Erin Fox Ocon and Robin Scialabba -- and there are essays (one by Stafford himself) as well. This is certainly enough to make the book memorable.

The selections from Stafford were good, though as I'm not overly familiar with his work I can't say I'm an authority as to whether there were better options. The book is broken into themed sections: Nature, Family, and Moments In Time; my favorite Stafford poems were "Fall Wind", "Parentage", and "Representing Far Places", respectively. They each spoke to me more than the others (not that the others weren't good), especially "Parentage" which reminds me a little of the relationship that I have with my father. Surprisingly, many of the student poems were also excellent. "Fire" by Sam S. and "I Am From Oregon" by Anushka N. were particularly nice.

What Didn't Work as Well:

Overall, I enjoyed this book, even though I'm still not 100% certain what you would call it -- it's not a traditional poetry anthology or collection of a single person's works. I think it the unique form the book took it also sacrificed some of the strength it could have had -- by incorporating a few too many elements, the book doesn't seem like a cohesive whole to me. Some of the poetry is pretty obviously the work of pre-college students; this isn't necessarily a bad thing because it does add a level of sincerity to the overall message that Stafford's work is worth studying and touches students from Oregon, but it might disappoint readers who are looking for a collection of really highbrow poetry. My last minor critique would be that I would like it to have a bit more of Stafford's work in it since he's the glue that holds the endeavor together.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932010688
Author:
Stafford, William
Publisher:
Ooligan Press
Author:
Petersen, Paulann
Author:
Ooligan Press
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.83 x 0.25 in 1 lb

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We Belong in History celebrates William Staffords life as a writer, teacher, and Poet Laureate of Oregon. This collection presents excellent student writing inspired by his work, a selection of Staffords work, and three sets of lesson plans written by teachers. This allows teachers everywhere to inspire their own students to write in response to Staffords work. With an introduction by current poet laureate of Oregon, Paulann Petersen, teachers, student writers, Stafford-admirers, and poetry readers will enjoy We Belong in Historys celebration of the joy of writing.
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