Active Voice Workshop

Best Practices in the Teaching of Poetry

Overall Goals

 (a concrete poem)

 To convert the classroom to a student-centered environment

To emphasize the role of teacher as facilitator of knowledge

To demonstrate different approaches to the study of poetry

To make literature and reading come alive

To accommodate multiple learning styles

To utilize cooperative learning groups

To utilize multiple modes of learning

To build self esteem

To write poetry

To read poetry

To present poetry

To experience poetry


I’ve created a free 25 page study guide to accompany this workshop, designed to support teachers before and after the presentation. Includes writing prompts, group activities, and tips for engaging students in reading, writing and performing poetry. For any professional use beyond the classroom please contact Allan Wolf for permission.

Active Voice Workshop Study Guide