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The Power of Poetry: Teaching ACTIVE Reading and Writing Strategies Through the Lens of Poetry K-12

November 2, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

November 2, 2019 from 8:30am – 12:30pm

Eisenhower Middle School
10200 25th St SE
Everett, WA 98203

The teaching of poetry illuminates. Whether it is reading a short poem out loud and marveling at the language and structure, or it is the close reading of a ballad with a reading partner and thrilling at the meter and story; poetry invites us to listen, to connect, and to visualize. In its concise and natural delivery, poetry is a welcome entree to the teaching of reading and writing.

In this three-hour workshop, Megan Sloan and Barry Hoonan will demonstrate active classroom strategies and routines for getting kids involved in the joy of reading and writing poetry. They will share terrific poems, discussion strategies for talking about poems, artistic responses that develop insights, and lessons that help writers find voice and expand on their word choice

Megan Sloan teaches at Cathcart Elementary School in the Snohomish School District. She is currently a Literacy Support Specialist working with K-6 teachers and students. Megan is the author of four books including Into Writing: The Primary Teacher’s Guide to Writing Workshop (Heinemann). Megan is a national speaker and a 2019 National Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award recipient.

Barry Hoonan teaches at the Odyssey Multiage Program on Bainbridge Island. He is a three-time Fulbright teacher, an international speaker and author of two books, What are You Grouping For? How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers – not the Book (co-authored with Julie Wright) and Beyond Reading and Writing (co-authored with Kathy Egawa, Jerome Harste, and Beth Berghoff).
In this active workshop, participants will experience and learn about:
 How to apply echo, choral, and popcorn reading strategies that elevate oral prosody and deepen comprehension;
 How to use poems as mentor texts to highlight close reading and writing strategies;
 How to organize small group poetry circles designed to develop evidence-based reasoning (finding central ideas/theme and message);
 How to write poetry that engages student voices and ignites a love for language;
 Specific strategies for teaching students to read and write well
Cost: $25 for current SCRC and WaSLA Members or $50 non-members. Payable at the door (district P.O.s accepted)

To register: www.signmeup.com/132365

Clock Hours and TPEP Criteria #8 forms available.
For more information contact: Lois Craig (425-478-8701) lec2910@comcast.net
To join SCRC and WaSLA for $25 for the 2019-2020 year, go to this link:

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November 2, 2019
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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