Poet, author, and professor Matthew Zapruder comes to the Berkeley Public Library to explore the ways that students engage with poetry and the benefits that practicing close reading can have on young minds.
Drawing from his recent book WHY POETRY, Zapruder starts by sharing the story of his own early encounters with poetry and why he thinks the poem is the perfect form to practice close reading, illuminating the benefits and pleasures found in carefully and attentively reading poem. Zapruder will then engage teachers in conversation about the state of poetry education in the schools, and the ways that Common Core expects students to learn about poetry. Finally, Zapruder will lead the audience in a close reading of several texts that are taught in Berkeley Schools, giving parents concrete skills to better assist their students in their own encounters with poetry.
This event is perfect for parents looking to introduce poetry to their kids; for middle school and high school students wanting new approaches for poetry; and for teachers looking to engage more fully with poetry in their classrooms!