04-13-18, 05-04-18 Celebrating National Poetry Month: Integrating Poetry into the ABE and ESOL Classrooom

First Literacy Two-Session Workshop Registration

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Integrating Poetry into the ABE and ESOl Classroom

A Workshop for Program Directors and Coordinators

Friday, April 13 and Friday, May 4, 2018 
1:00 to 4:00 PM (snacks and networking at 12:30 PM) 

First Literacy
160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

(Across from Boston Common)

This workshop will engage teachers in exploring ways to make poetry, and poetry writing, a vital part of any ABE or intermediate/advanced ESOL class. Most of all, we’ll look at how poetic language differs from expository prose, and why. We’ll jump into writing activities (collaborative and individual) using prompts, models, and structures that help make the writing of poetry a fun, exploratory process. All writing activities are chosen with an eye toward classroom application. If participants are interested, we can look at which CCR standards apply to the reading and writing of poetry. Please note: This workshop is intended for intermediate or advanced ESOL and all levels of ABE, GED, and HiSet.

Lenore Balliro brings 30 years of experience in ESOL and ABE to her work as Director of Programs at First Literacy. She is a published poet; her work has appeared in a number of regional and national literary journals and anthologies, and she was a former recipient of the R.I. State Council on the Arts Award for Literature. She delights in sneaking poetry into the classroom, the meeting room, and the streets.

A commitment to attend both sessions is asked of all participants.


This workshop is free to all staff of Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL programs.

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