Poetry does not have to be staid. Laughter, energy and excitement can be a part of the poetic experience. Students will work on group poems and interactive poetry puzzles, stage team competitions, and write and revise individual poems. They will explore the sources of poetry and learn to focus on the core elements which make a poem a poem: image, language, line, music, rhythm, and compression.The final session will feature a Poetry Slam. Learning how to write a poem is a great way to practice higher order thinking skills: gathering and assessing information, synthesizing, generating original, creative ideas, evaluating, analyzing, remembering, and other skills not listed in Bloom's taxonomy.
Winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-Chapel Hill, Richard Krawiec has taught in public schools for 3 decades.He excels at motivating all students, from the gifted to those with behavioral & developmental challenges. His passionate, humorous, workshops are highly energetic, enthusiastic, engaging and based on solid pedagogy. He has published two adult novels, a story collection, four plays, two poetry books, a chapter book for children, 2 Young Adult biographies and hundreds of stories, poems, and essays, many on issues of best educational practices. His magazine feature articles have won national and regional honors. His many awards include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council(twice).