The annual conference of the Massachusetts School Library Association
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Monday, May 8 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Bringing Poetry to the World: A Wealth of Poetry Reading and Writing Activities

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As experienced teachers of poetry, we are eager to offer a workshop that will inspire and equip library teachers to teach poetry independently and/or in collaboration with classroom teachers. This workshop draws on and distills years of experience empowering students to read and write poetry with purpose and pleasure. It will include a framework for writing poetry (Georgia Heard’s “doors of poetry”), the four questions we use to help readers appreciate and understand poems, and a wealth of poetry activities, projects, and resources that can be used across the curriculum (and out into the world). Participants will have the opportunity to explore these tools and to envision how they might use or adapt them. They will leave with ideas, print and digital resources, and a new or renewed commitment to incorporate poetry into their teaching practice.


Heather Lobenstine

Library Teacher, Shutesbury Elementary School
Heather Lobenstine is a veteran teacher who has taught in the classroom as well as in the library. She loves when students recommend books to her, when they devour new books and return to old favorites, and when they get excited about information they locate online or in books. She... Read More →

Siri Scott

Fourth Grade Teacher, Shutesbury Elementary School
Siri Scott teaches fourth grade at Shutesbury Elementary School, a small rural public school in western Massachusetts. She loves nurturing her students' curiosity and creativity through all subject areas, creating safe and joyful learning communities, and believes that imagination... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Cape Cod 2nd Floor