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Bonnie Mennell


This Independent Personal Project considers the use of poetry with regard to reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. The first part of the paper deals with the author’s background in poetry and journey to using it in class. The next part is concerned with the reasons for using poetry in the ESL classroom. Then the paper focuses on general concerns using poetry in class, which segues into a more specific discussion of assessment and correction. The final part of the paper presents twenty activities that can be used in the classroom. The activities offer suggestions for use in all four skill areas and discuss topics such as using poetry in teaching editing and integrating poetry into classes. Rubrics and examples are included throughout the paper. Finally, examples of student poetry and poetry from the author are offered at the end of each activity.


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