A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY OFFERED FREE TO TEACHERS
Just as in the discipline of history, poetry involves making connections between things. Poetry also represents a powerful way for students to express an understanding of historical sources. Asking students to respond poetically to primary sources, in particular, allows students to engage their creativity and even their own personal narratives in exploring what voices from the past have to tell us.
Poet and educator Sylvia Cavanaugh leads a two-hour workshop designed especially for teachers that will introduce mind mapping as a prelude to writing. Mind mapping involves synthesis that is expressed visually and verbally. Using “Revolutionary Road” from Smithsonian Magazine, participants will create a mind map using background knowledge on the Vietnam War. Participants will explore the ways teachers can extend the idea of social-studies-based poetry into other forms of creative expression, such as art and dance, and will understand the ties between poetry as historical understanding and the Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies.
This program is free to Wisconsin teachers but registration is required. To register, please click here. As space permits, non-educators will be allowed to attend the workshop for a goodwill donation.
A Kohl Fellow, Sylvia Cavanaugh teaches social studies at Sheboygan North High school. She prefers an inquiry-based approach to the study of history, and her students participate in the National History Day program. Cavanaugh is also a Pushcart Prize nominated poet and has published two collections of poetry. She is a contributing editor for Verse-Virtual: An Online Community of Poets and she is the North High Poetry Club advisor. Her students are active participants in the Sheboygan chapter of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. She believes that the integration of the arts into the social studies curriculum deepens students’ understanding of content and allows them to engage with the material through personal creative expression.