A Note Slipped Under the Door

Teaching from Poems We Love

How do we read a poem? What can we teach from a poem we love? How can we name what poets do in order to inform our writing, our teaching?

In their staff development work with teachers, Nick Flynn and Shirley McPhillips have often encountered these and similar questions. This book invites preservice and inservice teachers, staff developers—anyone who wants to make a lasting place for poetry in their own and their students' lives—into many of these same primary through middle school classrooms for an up-close look at several thoughtful, rigorous, poetry inquiries.

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How do we read a poem? What can we teach from a poem we love? How can we name what poets do in order to inform our writing, our teaching?

In their staff development work with teachers, Nick Flynn and Shirley McPhillips have often encountered these and similar questions. This book invites preservice and inservice teachers, staff developers—anyone who wants to make a lasting place for poetry in their own and their students' lives—into many of these same primary through middle school clas...read more

WHATEVER SHIRLEY OR NICK TELL YOU—BELIEVE THEM.

Naomi Shihab Nye

About the Author(s)

Nick Flynn has worked at a variety of jobs, including ship's captain, electrician, and case-worker with homeless adults. As poet-in-residence for six years at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, he taught writing to young people and their teachers in New York City Public Schools.

We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. 
—Gwendolyn Brooks

Table of Contents

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1. A Compass Through These Waters
2. Watermelons in My Grandmother's Car: The Image
3. It Gets Late So Early: Eavesdropping
4. A Note Slipped Under the Door: Lists
5. Let the Cricket Take Up Chafing: Sounds of Language
6. What the Hand Dare Seize the Fire?: Questions and Wonderings
7. Just Being Enough: Writing Off Photographs
8. A Story That Could Be True: Time
9. Sitting Close to the Center: A Sense of Place
10. Hiding Inside the Black Granite: Looking Into
11. Kingdoms with Love: Spirituality and Social Justice
Appendix A: Poems
Appendix B: Conferences with Students
Appendix C: Bibliography
References
Index of Poem Titles and First Lines
Index of Published Authors

Product Details

Grade: 12
Media: 256 pp/paper
Year: 1999
Item No: 0320
ISBN: 978-157110-320-8

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