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Greg McVerry

Writing Documentary Poetry #clmooc #nctevillage #sschat #engchat #writingcommuniy

A Backstage Post Peaking into Two Poems

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Our class has gotten busy crafting documentary poetry. As we study disciplinary this lesson gave us the chance to look at connections between history and Language Arts.

If you want to get involved we added lesson plans and examples to our class wiki

I wrote mine today about the Strawberry Moon (the first full moon in June). My origninal idea I wanted to have a young First Nations child on the shores of Maine lambasting the fall of their people....75%-90% of Alogonquin (a language group on many First Nations)  gout wiped by Small Pox alone.

Yet the more research I conducted the more resilience I saw in a people's fighting for their cultural survival. Did you know citizens of Canada can, and do enlist in US Armed Forces? That into the 1970s parents of "mixed race" children would abandon their kids on resevrations in Canada into the 1970s? That the Wabanaki Confederacy, who fought along side settleres and colonists reformed in 1993?

So much history.

The first poem I wrote focused on the rebirth of the Wabanaki Council. I set out in the tradition of documentary poetry to cast light into darkness but the more I learned the more I got moved. The more I get moved the more my poetry gets affected.

Strawberry Moon

In the second poem I responded to Kevin's poem about having different names for the moon. Many cultures have names for the first full month in June but in the US most of of our lore traces back to Native roots. So I wrote a poem called Lost Words.

Lost Words

It took a bit of research to write these. I list my sources below:

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And here is a quick tutorial on making infographics: remember for our lesson you need to choose infographic or documentary poetry:

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& teachers moving online & thinking about microlectutres,backstage post my planning one for @scsu classes. I have not taught with a ppt in over a year, you do not need to narrate slide decks.

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Hey here is your Disciplinary Literacies Wrap Up Video:

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I am trying to post our disciplinary wrap up video and the launch of our writing module video video but the @scsu Kaltura server keeps freezing on me, probably demand, I will share them later.

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Our #edu506 Disciplinary #Literacies Questions

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Students completed a 3-2-1 in reaction to the readings. They had to list three things they learned, two things, they found interesting, and one question they still had. Here are there questions:

How can we better educate teachers on how to use different texts with children. For example, what resources are there for teachers to help with selecting text that apply to different student backgrounds and skills.

How much should we limit vocabulary learning? Obviously there are endless words to be learned, but given the limited resources, where do we stop? Gunning made a few suggestions on choosing 4-6 words to key in on when reading a new book.

When we are teachers what newsletters or publications can we explore to better inform our ELA et al teaching going forward?

I have read through many ways to help expand a child’s vocabulary. Examples of this are: reading high-quality books, Word Central, riddles, and vocabulary self-collection strategy. From experience, is there one way you have noticed that works better than others? Or does it ultimately come down to whatever is the best learning structure for that individual student.

One aspect that I felt like I wanted to read more about was how to embed using disciplinary literacies across all subjects in a classroom.

 How do we make sure that all students are receiving all of the necessary skills for each discipline? Some students work with other educators in the building (specialists, special education teachers, etc.) that might not use the same terminology or skill.


Greg McVerry

The new social studies c3 frameworks and the NGSS are perfect for multi genre inter disciplinary choice projects. You should check out the GIS and Inquiry Learning programs we have run @scsu

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As educators, we encourage students to use literacy for personal purposes. But have we overlooked students’ aspirations to use literacy for professional purposes?

-Jennifer Danridge Turner,
check this out on Disciplinary

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but maybe, it's okay not to....or allow students to work on inquiry projects in content areas building ideas for bots rather than the bots themselves as they wouldn't have the skills to use bots in meaningful disciplinary ways..not sure?


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