The Poetry Box: A Student Centered Constructivist Approach to Poetry Lessons in Secondary Education


Poetry has often been compared to abstract paintings over the years. However, it doesn’t mean poetry composition lessons have to be always elusive and highbrow. In fact, even ESL students at any level can enjoy writing poems in English and develop their English language skills as well as literary talents through a simple method. Let us introduce, "The Poetry Box". This simple tool transformed an entire Korean high school into a community of burgeoning English poets and literature lovers as evident in the poetry anthology written by the students of Fayston Preparatory Academy. In this workshop, the creator and two practitioners of the method will offer unique and engaging classroom experiences along with activities including "The 5 Minute Poetry Challenge", "making the invisible visible" and "the visible invisible".

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Aaron Hahn, Teachers College Columbia University, South Korea
Jamie Ortolano, Fayston Preparatory Academy, South Korea 
Silvia Trejo, Fayston Preparatory Academy, South Korea 

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Conference: IICEHawaii2021
Stream: Language Learning and Teaching

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