“Poetry Playoffs” is an in-person class, primarily for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, that introduces students to classic and contemporary poetry specifically chosen to engage readers in meaningful discussion. Liking poetry is not a prerequisite :-).
Students will read seven poems each week, in advance of class, and then meet to discuss the poems, make their case for which poems they liked best, and vote. The two poems earning the most votes meet up in a "playoff" round in the last two weeks of the class. The goal of the class is to share with students that poetry can be fun and meaningful (and doesn’t have to rhyme).
“Poetry Playoffs” is for strong readers willing to participate in spirited group discussion. Although we might try writing a couple of our own poems, discussion, interpretation, and analysis rather than writing is definitely the focus of this class.
Tea and cookies, along with a sprinkling of poetry-related vocabulary, will accompany each class.
Enrollment in this class is limited to seven students per semester. Classes will be held at my home in Bethesda.
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