This five day residency is designed to work with four groups of students each day for four to five days. An opening performance for the students or the full school is an option. The residency is best for 4th - 8th grades. Students will write the full week exploring the power of poetry both on the page and on the stage.They will explore how poetry is rhyme (sometimes), rhythm, music, and story. Students will understand poetry through CAST - Character, Action, Setting, Theme - and transform poetry into a script with memorization techniques for sharing poetry. In their writing, students will build skills with basics such as form, stanza, shape, subject, word choice, revision, and inspiration. The week will conclude with an opportunity to share poems in progress while learning sharing, listening and interpretation skills. Maximum 25 - 30 students with teachers in attendance and participating.
Author, poet, performer & educator Allan Wolf holds a Masters degree from VA Tech where he taught composition. He was Educational Director for Poetry Alive! & now works performing poetry for all ages, training teachers & students & writing books for youth. Conducting more than 100 programs each year, he's a veteran traveler through the diverse worlds of poetry w/literally 100s of original & classic poems committed to memory. Author of 8 books, his writing has earned many honors: School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Best Book & IRA Children's Book Award. His books have been selected by Scholastic Book Club, Scholastic Book Fair & Children's Book of the Month Club. Wolf was also a finalist for the SE Booksellers' Association Poetry Award.