Teaching Poetry Workshop

Authored by: Rafael Casal

Handbook of Social Justice in Education

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805859270
eBook ISBN: 9780203887745
Adobe ISBN: 9781135596149

10.4324/9780203887745.ch44

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Abstract

What can I say about teaching writing workshops that hasn’t already been said about—scuba diving? It’s dangerous, always an adventure, and the deeper you go, the more rewarding it can be. When working with young writers, you’re never short of a few challenges, but when you unlock a young person’s ability to articulate him- or herself, you do more than just get them to turn something in on time, you revolutionize the way they’ll interact with the world for the rest of their lives. The gift of language is truly priceless. It can pull even the worst cases out of the dark, by giving them the ability to communicate their frustrations and challenges during a time in life (like high school) where your learning conditions and needs are so vital.

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