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Based on theory but with a practical dimension, the book engages readers in current critical debates about poetry teaching and its place in an assessment-driven curriculum.

Drafting Poetry
Drafting poetry

Following Chapter 1's overview of poetry's place in the English curriculum, this chapter focuses on drafting poetry in the classroom. First, it takes a closer look at the terminology used in the National Curriculum to define elements of the writing process. In the light of the emphasis on thinking skills in the classroom (in the UK), it is important to recognise the contribution which drafting poetry can make to a child's cognitive development. Bereiter and Scardamalia's research on the psychology of the writing process, which is central to the discussion of drafting, is considered alongside teachers' reflections on their own drafting and practical suggestions to promote a thinking environment.

Pirrie, disappointed, notes that poetry in the National Curriculum serves ‘little more than a ...

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