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Inspired English
Raising Test Scores and Writing Effectiveness Through Poetry and Fiction



February 2005 | 160 pages | Corwin
`The author introduces new pedagogical approaches in teaching language arts, using fiction and poetry to enhance the student's critical thinking. This is a thoughtful, practical, and innovative book that will foster academic success' - Maggie Yadegar, Associate Dean, National University, Los Angeles Campus

'A 'must have' publication for the beginning teacher of English. The author gives explicit discussions, providing directions for formulating, presenting, and evaluating each phase of the lesson being taught' - Lois Gibson, Associate Professor Education (Retired), Southeastern Louisiana University

A teacher's guide to teaching middle school and high school English and building literacy skills in even the most reluctant readers. Lorraine LaCroix shows the reader how carefully chosen poems and fiction can "hook" otherwise apathetic English students - by making an emotional connection, the teacher makes her lessons personally relevant and important to each student, and therefore a perfect vehicle for teaching vocabulary, critical thinking skills, close reading skills, rhetorical writing skills, communication and public speaking skills.

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Opening Letter to Reader
 
1. The Plan
The Hunter Model  
The Generalist Model  
The LaCroix Model  
Key Resource 1.1 The LaCroix Model  
 
2. The Design
The Purpose  
The Objective  
The Crucial Setup  
The Critical Materials  
Key Resource 2.1 Sample Syllabus  
Key Resource 2.2 Teaching Poems  
Key Resource 2.3 Chaser Poem Rubric (4 Point)  
Key Resource 2.4 Bio Poem Rubric (6 Point)  
 
3. The Preparation
Skills to Be Taught  
Procedural Lesson 1: The Poetry Notebook  
Procedural Lesson 2: The Dramatic Reading  
Key Resource 3.1: Poetry Book Requirement  
Key Resource 3.2: Dramatic Reading Rubric  
Key Resource 3.3: Poetry Circle Grade  
 
4. The Lessons
Lesson 1: Understanding Character Through Tragedy  
Key Resource 4.1: Ladder of Responsibility  
Key Resource 4.2: Summary of Characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet  
Key Resource 4.3: Essay Scoring Guide for Student Response to Literature  
Key Resource 4.4: Literary Report Card  
Lesson 2: Conflict and the Heroic Journey  
Key Resource 4.5: Miracle on the Bayou  
Key Resource 4.6: The Heroic Journey  
Lesson 3: Finding Themes in Literature Through Art  
Key Resource 4.7: Boarding Flight 64  
Key Resource 4.8: Broad-Based Themes  
Key Resource 4.9: Paired Themes in Short Fiction  
Lesson 4: The Important Questions  
Key Resource 4.10: Blue Velvet  
Lesson 5: In Search of Poetry--Found Poems  
Key Resource 4.11: Young Chief Joseph's Speech to Congress (1879)  
Key Resource 4.12: Sample Found Poem: Chief Joseph Speaks to Congress  
Lesson 6: "Poetry Is..."--An Introduction  
Key Resource 4.13: Poetry Is...  
Lesson 7: The Power of Words--Interpreting Poetry  
Key Resource 4.14: Changing Impressions  
Key Resource 4.15: "The Day is Done"  
Key Resource 4.16: "The Psalm of Life"  
Lesson 8: "I'm Nobody! Who are you?"--The Poetry of Emily Dickinson  
Key Resource 4.17: The Poems of Emily Dickinson  
Key Resource 4.18: Summation of Emily Dickinson's Life  
Lesson 9: A Self-Portrait--The Bio Poem  
Key Resource 4.19: Bio Poem Formula & Example  
Key Resource 4.20: Matt's Bio Poem  
Key Resource 4.21: Bio Poem Worksheet  
Key Resource 4.22: Character Traits  
Key Resource 4.23: Bio Poem Rubric (Six Point)  
Lesson 10: "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare and Figurative Language  
Key Resource 4.24: Similes, Metaphors and Personification  
Key Resource 4.25: Shakespeare Poems  
Key Resource 4.26: "A Split Tree Still Grows"  
Lesson 11: "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary"--Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Works  
Key Resource 4.27: Lecture Notes on Edgar Allan Poe  
Key Resource 4.28: Edgar Allan Poe  
Key Resource 4.29: "Annabel Lee"  
Key Resource 4.30: "To Helen"  
Key Resource 4.31: "A Dream Within a Dream"  
Key Resource 4.32: Excerpt from "The Raven"  
Lesson 12: Life's Lessons in Verse  
Key Resource 4.33: Teaching Poems  
Key Resource 4.34: "The Village Blacksmith"  
Key Resource 4.35: "To thine own self be true"  
Key Resource 4.36: "If Tomorrow Never Comes"  
Key Resource 4.37: "O Great Spirit"  
Key Resource 4.38: "To be, or not to be"  
Lesson 13: A Poetry Potpourri  
 
5. The Final Touches
Suggestions for a Successful Poetry Recital  
Key Resource 5.1: Poetic License  
 
Closing Letter to Reader
 
Index

"The author introduces new pedagogical approaches in teaching language arts, using fiction and poetry to enhance the student's critical thinking. This is a thoughtful, practical, and innovative book that will foster academic success."

Maggie Yadegar, Associate Dean
National University, Los Angeles Campus

“A ‘must have’ publication for the beginning teacher of English. The author gives explicit discussions, providing directions for formulating, presenting, and evaluating each phase of the lesson being taught."

Lois Gibson, Associate Professor Education (Retired)
Southeastern Louisiana University

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