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For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetryby Georgia Heard
Synopses & Reviews
For the Good of the Earth and Sun is a book about poetry written for teachers at all levels, from primary teachers to graduate assistants to college teachers of English. Although the book's examples are drawn primarily from elementary school classrooms, the principles of teaching poetry discussed are applicable to any classroom containing student poets.
The book does not provide a formula to elicit poetry from students; rather, it offers a method of teaching poetry that respects the intelligence and originality of both teacher and student. For many adults, poetry is strange and occasionally pleasant at best, and at worst frustrating and impossible to understand. This book explores poetry from the inside as it is: powerful and necessary, one of humankind's most ancient and durable inventions. Step by step, the reader becomes more familiar with the world of poetry and learns not to feel uncomfortable or afraid of it. The book also offers the reader a chance to watch Heard as she makes discoveries and mistakes and learns from both; and to read the vivid, striking words of children she listens to, instructs, and encourages.
For the Good of the Earth and Sun is for teachers at all levels, especially for those teachers who feel anxious about introducing poetry to students.
Georgia Heard offers a method of teaching poetry that respects the intelligence of students and teachers and that can build upon their basic originality. She explores poetry from the inside as it is: a powerful and necessary way of looking at the world, and one of mankind's most durable inventions.
Her book provides detailed, organized information so that teachers themselves can begin to enjoy and feel knowledgeable about poetry, and, from there, pass those feelings on to their students. The author's text is supplemented by examples of students' work in original and draft form.
The principles of teaching poetry discussed are applicable to any classroom of student poets, regardless of age.
About the Author
An acclaimed poet and writer, GEORGIA HEARD is the author of Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way (Heinemann, 1995), For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry (Heinemann, 1989), and Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky, a book of poetry for young children. She has also published numerous essays on poetry and writing, and her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals. She speaks to thousands of people every year at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and also travels extensively as a writing consultant and poet-in-residence for schools and universities. Heinemann has also produced The Words of True Poems (1998), an audiotape on which Heard reads a selection of her favorite poems, prefacing each poem with a brief introductory comment on its uses in the classroom. Ms. Heard's work has appeared in numerous magazines and professional journals and she has been interviewed on National Public Radio's "P
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