I stopped by the school yesterday to see my son’s English teacher. We talked about Common Core and standardized tests, research papers and the medieval mural an art student had painted on her wall. And we talked about the Quatrain Wreck, a “how to write a sonnet” infographic we published at Tweetspeak a couple of years ago. It turns out she uses the graphic in her senior literature classes. My older son told her I made it. She was new in the district, we hadn’t met, and she didn’t believe him. (It wouldn’t have been the first time he’d pulled her leg about something.)
There’s a bad word in the sonnet. I apologized for that, but she laughed, saying that it actually helps her students remember, noting that it is the scandal in the works that they read that stays with them the best. Human nature, I suppose. What I hadn’t realized was that she found the Quatrain Wreck by Googling sonnet teaching resources. (I thought my kids had shown it to her.) She wanted resources that would make learning fun and interesting, avoiding what one of our young publicity interns calls “the grim art of teaching poetry.” (read the rest of this post at Tweetspeak Poetry)
Over at Tweetspeak today, we’re daring you to give a copy of How to Read a Poem to an English teacher. To get things going, I have a copy to give away to either an English teacher, or someone who promises to give it away to one. Check out the post over there, and if you want to be entered in the giveaway, come back and leave a comment.
Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, April 16. The winner will be announced Thursday, April 17.
Go a step further? I’m hoping to see a copy of How to Read a Poem given to a teacher in every state. Tweet or share the Tweetspeak post on Facebook or Twitter:
Dare you to give “How to Read a Poem” to an English teacher near you http://wp.me/p2vgeH-5Gb #poetrydare #nationalpoetrymonth
Things I think I have to tell you:
- U.S. addresses only
- Winner will be drawn at random from comments
- No purchase necessary (but really, I want you to buy this book for a teacher if you don’t win)