While instructors agree that classes would profit from reading more poetry, not many are comfortable teaching the subject. Most students struggle to grasp the meaning in poetry and never come to appreciate the power and grace in a poet's word choices.
Sue Van Wassenhove offers schools a one- or two-part poetry presentation to help teachers get students comfortable with the language of poetry. The first presentation explores poetry excerpts and how each represents sound and rhythm tools commonly used by poets. Next is a workshop in which small groups of students, with careful guidance, collaborate to create their own poems.