English Literature and Composition
AP Annual Conference Submission
Do you have students who are reluctant to read poetry? Do you find teaching poetry intimidating or challenging? Believe it or not, not all students who enter AP Eng. Lit. and Comp. love reading poetry, and they might not have fully developed the skills to analyze it. Likewise, not all AP Eng. Lit. and Comp. teachers go home each night, sit by a warm fire in their smoking jackets, drink Earl Grey tea, and zealously read tomes of poetry for sheer enjoyment. In this session, participants will identify both student and teacher challenges associated with poetry instruction and then explore instructional strategies that address these challenges within the context of the AP Eng. Lit. and Comp. curriculum framework. Teachers will leave the session with adaptable instructional strategies that not only can engage students and help them develop skills in analyzing poetry, but also encourage both students and teacher to find reading, discussing, and writing about poetry enjoyable.