A poetry lesson

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Shann, Steve, Macken-Horarik, Mary and Edwards, CeCe. (2021). A poetry lesson. Changing English. 28(1), pp. 14-28. https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2020.1826906
AuthorsShann, Steve, Macken-Horarik, Mary and Edwards, CeCe
Abstract

What do we see when we observe an excellent English lesson? What’s going on in the room? Perhaps what stands out is a collaborative making of meanings inspired by stimulating texts. Perhaps what’s most important is an ever-deepening knowledge about, and facility with, the many ways that language works. Maybe what we’re seeing is a carefully sequenced preparation for future hurdles to be negotiated. Or a blend of all three. And perhaps, as this story suggests, there is more. Perhaps every English lesson is affected in all kinds of subtle and sometimes invisible ways by unconscious fears and desires and by half-remembered histories, the territory towards which a story – more easily than a piece of non-fiction – can gesture.

KeywordsEnglish; poetry; grammar; classroom; mythopoetics; story; Auden
Year2021
JournalChanging English
Journal citation28 (1), pp. 14-28
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1358-684X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2020.1826906
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85100532636
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Page range14-28
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