Friday, June 28, 2013

Poetry, ALA, and CC

It's time for the annual conference of the American Library Association and I am lucky enough to be presenting a session along with my friend and collaborator, Janet Wong. If you're in Chicago for this event, we hope you'll join us on Sunday morning at 10:30 (McCormick Convention Center room S405). So far, 186 people have signed up to attend our session and we are THRILLED! Here's the lowdown:

Celebrating Poetry Fridays & Common Core Curriculum Connections 
Pausing for poetry every Friday is becoming a tradition in the children’s literature world and many librarians are incorporating this practice into their teaching and programming activities. In addition, the new Common Core standards include a poetry component highlighting a need for meaningful skills instruction. This proposed session will offer guidelines, instructional strategies, and print and digital resources for sharing poetry with children (ages 5-12) weekly while incorporating these required skills in meaningful ways. 

We'll kick off with an artsy "Poetry Is" slide show with images and poetry quotes.

Then we have a terrific PowerPoint slideshow highlighting our major points, if I do say so myself.  :-)  We'll be doling out the facts, connecting with the poetry standards from the Common Core and reading a lot of poetry and demonstrating how it can be celebrated with a bit of teaching tucked in along the way.

Here are a few nuggets to entice you:

When we think about what poetry does for children—and in just a few minutes of sharing on a regular basis—it’s a pretty impressive list. Author and literacy expert Mem Fox noted, "Rhymers will be readers; it's that simple. Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” 

Writer and scholar Rebecca Rupp commented, “Poetry makes you smarter…. and all kinds of research indicates that rhyme, rhythm, and imagery boost memory formation and recall.”

The Common Core Poetry Standards in a nutshell!
Kindergarten: rhythm; sounds
1st Grade: senses; emotions
2nd Grade: repetition; alliteration
3rd Grade: forms and types of poetry
4th Grade: structure; meter
5th Grade: themes, metaphors, similes

Common Core Standards for Poetry
RL.K.5; RL.1.4; RL.2.4; RL.3.5; RL.4.2; RL.4.5; RL.5.2; RL.5.4; RL.5.5; RL.5.6; RL.5.7

What is The Poetry Friday Anthology series
(poems + mini-lessons)
*Quality poetry, previously unpublished, contemporary, diverse
*K-5; 6-8 (based on appeal and appropriateness, not Lexiles)
*Poem for every Friday at every grade = 36 poems for each grade level 
*Weekly themes across the gradesschool, pets, weather, food, families, holidays; connections across the curriculum (science, math, social studies)
*Take 5 strategies tied to Common Core (and TEKS in Texas) for every poem
*Plus, we offer a resource BLOG with links to each poet’s web site, plus each grade level is available in e-book form

We'll demonstrate our "Take 5" approach using poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology, as well as from other works of poetry-- like Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, the bestselling children's poetry book of all time!

We'll also share poetry blog and web site resources too. We'll pack in as much as we can in our 60 minutes, I am sure!

Finally, Janet has promised interesting snacks to the first 50 people who show up and I have a ton of poetry "swag" to give away: poetry post-its, Poetry Friday buttons, poetry pens, poetry bookmarks, and poetry air fresheners for those long car trips this summer! Plus we have a few copies of The Poetry Friday Anthology (for K-5 and for middle school) to give away as door prizes. I have an excellent poetry trivia quiz to test your Poetry IQ! (For example, do you know what is widely considered the best-known American poem?)

Wishing you all a wonderful Poetry Friday-- which we will extend to continue through Poetry SUNDAY this week! Meanwhile, head on over to Amy's place at the Poem Farm for more Poetry Friday fun!


Amy LV said...

You and Janet are always so generous. Thank you for the sneak peek...I wish I would be there! 186 people - huzzah! Thank you for the fun postcards that I received this week - I'm going to take a photo of many of those girls smiling up at me. Have a fantastic time this week; I'm there with you in spirit! Happy PF!

Janet Wong said...

Amy: I think it would be so much fun if you were to send the Printable postcard of "Baby Tooth" to schools that you are visiting--and have them create a bulletin board full of kids in the same pose (with magnifying glass)!!

skanny17 said...

Sylvia and Janet, (and hi to Amy!)

If I could hop on a plane and get to your session I would be there in a heartbeat!!! WOW!! LOVE this. Also, 186 attendees!!! How grand. This is such a fabulous thing. I am coming to ALA next year if I can!! Best wishes and keep us all posted. I love the postcards you are doing. GREAT, great, great idea! Sending you the "having a not so grand time because it keeps raining here, but SO WISH I WAS there soaking up poetry wisdom and fun." In any age at any time and for any reason, we NEED poetry in our lives. The sad thing is so MANY do not yet know this. I would love to see your slides some time.

Janet F.

Mary from Madison said...

Congratulations in advance and many thanks for the preview of your session. So wish. I could join in on the fun.

Robyn Hood Black said...

You two will absolutely rock, and I'll be there in spirit waving my arms like a crazy fan, Standing Room Only! Thanks for sharing this peek into your presentation. Can't wait to hear more.

Charles Waters said...

Oh my word. What a party this is going to be! I SO wish I could be there. Please post as much as humanly possible. 186 people will participate in the gloriousness of VARDELL and WONG POWER!!!!!

Jeannine Atkins said...

I'm joining those cheering from afar!

Mary Lee said...

I'm glad 186 have signed up, because all of US are sighing and wishing we were there!!

You two throw a great poetry party!!

Amy LV said...

Janet - That is a FUNNY idea. Seriously, this girl slays me. I hope your session was a blast...I am still sighing. :)