How do we mark milestones throughout the year? With photographs, when possible—but what about those moments that a camera can't capture? A poem is a verbal snapshot, words that freeze and share an experience. Poems can provide social connection, while building language skill, memory and empathy. In this webinar, we’ll model the use of poetry for celebrating more 150 holidays and occasions throughout the year (from Poem in Your Pocket Day to National Pet Week to Juneteenth to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day to World Bread Day), along with instructional strategies, cross-curricular connections, diversity dynamics, and collection development and programming tips. Led by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, we’ll weave together educator and poet perspectives and start a poetry celebration that can last all year long.
- Participants will become familiar with resources for sharing and promoting poetry with children and families to celebrate significant days throughout the calendar year, including traditional holidays, childhood landmarks, historical events, and diverse cultures.
- Participants will be engaged in strategies for using poetry to celebrate occasions, events, and accomplishments with children and families of diverse backgrounds.
- Participants will learn specific methods for promoting literacy learning and cross-curricular connections for children developing language and content knowledge.
Who Should Attend
Children’s and young adult librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers.
How to Register
ALSC members, please click this link to view the archived webinar. Note that you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.
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