In these strange and isolating times, many ESL instructors have navigated a truly steep learning curve of technical knowledge to teach online. Whether your online class looks the way you want it to or not, I applaud your efforts. I bet learners in your class are also very thankful for you!
Some of you might know that April is national poetry month. The theme this year is A World of Poetry. What a great opportunity to create poetry with your online class! Below are some resources and ideas to get you on your way.
First, take a look at these previous TESL ON blog posts about poetry…
For beginner and intermediate levels
- Decoda Resource List: https://www.decoda.ca/read-all-about-lit/poetry-resources-for-listening-reading-and-writing/
- Found on the Decoda Resource List: The List Poem: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2012/04/18/poetry-writing-adult-new-readers-list-poem
For more advanced levels
- Poetry Lesson Plans by Themes: https://poets.org/lesson-plans-theme
- Here is one from this website that could be adapted for online learning: Noticing Poetry: https://poets.org/lesson-plan/noticing-poetry
- On Twitter, Sir Patrick Stewart is sharing a Shakespeare Sonnet everyday during this time of self isolation: https://twitter.com/SirPatStew
How about simply sharing some poems with each other?
- A Poem a Day: https://poets.org/poem-a-day
- April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This could be changed to poem in your inbox day, or poem in your discussion board day: http://poets.ca/programs/pocketpoem/
Here is a simple exercise to try. Maybe you can make it into a lesson… or just do this for yourself.
Reflections in the moment
- Make a list of 20 things you did yesterday.
- Don’t write your list in chronological order –use a stream of consciousness process – whatever comes to mind.
- Now think of the most precious thing in your life at this very moment.
- Describe it with your senses – taste, touch, smell, hear, feel, see.
Here is my example:
I hope you have fun with poetry. Please share your poems or your poetry lesson ideas in the response section.