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Using Poetry as a Bridge to Connect Our Curriculum and Classroom Community / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Aeriale Johnson and Clare Landrigan

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Poetry can't be limited to one month or unit of study per year. If we view it as a structure, rather than a genre, we can weave it into every unit of study in our curriculum. When we do this, poetry serves as a bridge between the modules of work students are doing throughout the year. It connects the dots for our students, so they don't see each unit as an end unto itself but rather as part of the larger process of developing into flexible, engaged, and critical readers and writers. In this session, Clare Landrigan and Aeriale Johnson will share resources, texts, and ideas to help you to layer poetry into any curriculum to teach instructional goals and to provide students with more opportunities to experience the power of poetry.

Learning Objectives

  • We will explore how poetry can be used as a bridge to connect units of study across the year.
  • We will take a closer look at how poetry can support content area studies in social studies and science.
  • We will spend time unpacking how to intentionally layer poems into text sets to provide additional information, differing points of view, a critical lens, #OwnVoices authors, and an in-depth exploration of one aspect of the text set.
  • We will use poetry to create digital bins that integrate diverse media and formats.

About the Presenters

Clare Landrigan is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. She began her work as an educator over twenty years ago, teaching in an integrated first- and second-grade classroom in Medford, Massachusetts. After a long journey serving as an educator and administrator in elementary public schools, she now leads a private staff development business and partners with school systems to help them implement best practices in literacy. Clare is the coauthor of It's All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers. Clare is on the board of the Book Love Foundation, and you can find her online at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website, where she blogs about books and the art of teaching.

Aeriale Johnson, she/her/we, is a Reggio-inspired, abolitionist educator. She taught public school for twenty-three years in Florida, Alaska, and California. In 2021, she transitioned from being a classroom teacher to serving as a staff developer for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Aeriale strives to help teachers build a democratic classroom where all adults (educators and families) believe in children, allow children to bring the fullness of their humanity into the space, and deliberately relinquish their power to the children.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


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11/03/2021 - 6:00-7:30pm ET, Online

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