Ideas that Teens Like for Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op

Here are some ideas that teens like for teaching American Poetry in homeschool co-op.

Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op

Ideas that Teens Like for Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool co-op is a wonderful place to teach poetry.

*Choose a good curriculum. For many homeschool high schoolers, they will get the most out of a curriculum that allows them to

  • have some fun with American Poetry
  • feel they can understand, be touched by or relate to the poetry selections
  • gain some skills for reading and writing poetry
  • feel they can be successful at writing basic poetry
  • not be overwhelmed or feel the course is overdone

That’s exactly what 7Sisters’ American Poetry: Reading and Writing is about. The lessons are short, accessible, fun and engaging. There’s an answer key to help co-op teachers grade assignments.

Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op
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*Create a syllabus for the course. American Poetry: Reading and Writing is a quick, 5-week course. This is perfect for introducing American Poetry in a homeschool co-op setting. Click here for a simple how-to on writing a syllabus for your course.

*Start with interest-building. This is probably the most important thing you will do to win your homeschool high schoolers’ attention. Show them a video (or several videos) of famous people reading American poems. There are some links in American Poetry: Reading and Writing. Here are a few more:

*Share a quote about poetry at the beginning of class each week. Here are a few from BrainyQuote.com:

  • Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. -T.S. Eliot
  • Poetry: the best words in the best order. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the all possibilities. Opens all the doors. You can walk through any one that suits you. -Jim Morrison
  • You can find poetry in your everyday life, in your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart. -Carol Ann Duffy
  • Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. – Leonard Cohen

*Read a poem in person each week. Choose a favorite poem to read as a group, you read or a student reads.

*Build vocabulary. Create a word wall. Have students bring an interesting word that they have found this week and write it on a group poster board. Then have each student share their word and what it means. Over the unit they will have enriched their vocabulary in a fun way.

*Group writing each week. Introduce each topic and then write a poem of that style as a group (you lead the activity). Allow this to be fun, silly and no-fail.

*Team writing each week. Break into teams. Have them write a quick, fun version of the topic then share with the group.

*Sharing poems. Each week have students share their homework poem with the group. This can be done by passing around.

Remember to keep the attitude light-hearted. There is no way to fail with poetry if your homeschool high schoolers are having fun!

Watch Sabrina’s WONDERFUL Facebook Live about teaching poetry.

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Ideas that Teens Like for Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

2 Replies to “Ideas that Teens Like for Teaching American Poetry in Homeschool Co-op”

  1. As this article suggests, I am interested in using this for a small high school co-op class I teach once/week. I just want to make sure I am being respectful of all copyrighted materials if I do choose to use this. Thanks!

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