Poetry is one of those words/subjects that strikes fear into many individuals, including myself. I didn't read or study poetry in school because of this fear. To be able to read, understand and enjoy poetry....the reader needs to slow down and read closely. Read the poem aloud more than once. Take into context who the poet was, what life was like in that time frame for him, and what was happening in the world. These are just a few concepts we have learned so far from The Art of Poetry published by Classical Academic Press. The author of The Art of Poetry is Christine Perrin. Ms. Perrin has taught poetry at John Hopkins University and currently teaches at Messiah College. Right off the bat after viewing the first DVD lesson I could tell this woman really knows her stuff and has an incredible passion for poetry.
What You Need to Know
The Art of Poetry Student Text - 24.95
Teacher's Edition - 29.95
DVD Set - 69.95 (As of April 1st)
Bundle Set Which Includes All Above - 99.95 (As of April 1st)
The student and teacher's edition will come as a physical book.
A sample chapter can be found here - Art of Poetry Sample Chapter.
Suggested Weekly Schedule
Recommended Ages - 6th grade and UP
What Is Included In The Text
Sound and More Sound
Shape: Stanza and Line
Tone: Putting it All Together
History of Form, Movements, Genres
Growing Your Interest
Short Biographies of Poets
The Art of Poetry Online
Glossary of Terms
How the Author Recommends Using This Book
The very first thing Ms. Perrin tells you is, "Do not let this book overwhelm you." If the only time you are ever able to spend with this product is reading the poetry then you have already taken the first step and accomplished more than a lot of High School students ever do. If an individual can't use this product daily then do it weekly. Ms. Perrin gives us many different ways to utilize The Art of Poetry - daily, weekly, monthly or over several years. If working with younger students shorten the lessons to include key points and skip the more in-depth material. Older students should do well with the curriculum as it is presented. The Art of Poetry is recommended to use as an elective class, cooperative, in home instruction or even in a poetry circle group.
How A Chapter Is Set Up
Each chapter/lesson is set up with an introduction to the subject matter being presented. For example, in Chapter 2 you will find an introduction to metaphors in poetry. Next is Learning to Read Closely which includes a noteworthy poem and explanation. Now the reader will progress to the Anthology Section that includes represented poets with poems depicting the element that is being studied. Each poem has questions and at the end of the chapter is a list of activities to chose from to enforce the presented element. To help the parent and student through each chapter a teacher's edition is available. The teacher's text has applications, extra information, and answers to all questions. To take it even a step further a DVD can be purchased with the exact lessons being taught by Ms. Perrin to a small group of students.
How We Used the Product and What We Thought
|A poem included in the text that we used for a nature study page.|
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