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Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons


reviewed by Dave Iasevoli March 06, 2007

coverTitle: Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons
Author(s): Nancie Atwell
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325007462 , Pages: 416, Year: 2006
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Nancie Atwell may be the greatest popularizer of writing process in schools throughout the nation. She is certainly a wildly successful author, with In the Middle (1998), and the founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning demonstration school, in Edgecomb, Maine. She has recently created a poetry anthology that comes out of her teachings in the Center. Naming the World differs from other anthologies in several aspects. It features a collection of 200 poems, but with lessons attached to each one for the middle-school English teacher. Atwell teaches herself here—that is, she continues with her methodology of showing herself in action with the students in her 7th- and 8th-grade classes. The results are surprising: pragmatic, but as formulaic as a phone directory. The work consists of three separate, but interconnected, parts: an Anthology; a Guide to the Anthology, wherein Atwell elaborates on her philosophy of teaching poetry; and a DVD... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 06, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13775, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:34:50 PM

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    CUNY, Queens College
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    DAVE IASEVOLI teaches in the English Education Program at CUNY/Queens College. He is currently working on a study of educational initiatives in New York State prisons.
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