Out of Wonder with Marjory Wentworth
MARJORY WENTWORTH served as poet laureate of South Carolina from 2003-2020. She has taught poetry in dozens of schools as an artist-in-residence, and she is a former public school creative writing teacher. She teaches courses in writing, social justice, and banned books at The College of Charleston. Wentworth is co-author, with Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley, of the New York Times best seller Out of Wonder, Poems Celebrating Poets. She is the author of four collections of poetry, two non-fiction books, and the award-winning children’s story Shackles. Ms. Wentworth is a former public-school teacher. For further information please visit her website: www.marjorywentworth.net
SHACKLES: Exploring South Carolina and the Civil War Through Social Studies and Poetry. Using my book Shackles, which is based on a true story, students will trace the history of Sullivan’s Island as one of the busiest slave centers in the Charleston region prior to the Civil War and explore historical themes such as war, slavery, discrimination, and prejudice. Students will then write personal poems which employ a variety of poetic devices.
OUT OF WONDER, POEMS CELEBRATING POETS: There is a Teacher’s Guide for the book, which includes Common Core Connections for students in grades 3-8, discussion questions and numerous writing exercises. Powerpoint presentations which can be used for large or small group presentations. Presentations incorporate the Common Core connections in a variety of ways for students to interact with and enjoy the poems in this collection. Activities and discussion questions are also provided for a deeper dive into the poets and poems being celebrated. (We wrote this book for students and teachers!)
WRITE LIVING NEWSPAPERS: Students will choose an area of interest in the news and create collage poems (art), and then write found poems on the topic. Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.