Using Poetry to Teach about Minerals in Earth Science Class
http://www.nagt.org/files/nagt/jge/abstracts/Rule_v52n1p10.pdf

Audrey Rule, Luke Carnicelli, Sharon Kane, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego High School, State University of New York at Oswego


This article describes how a high school earth science teacher and a college education professor team-taught a lesson to ninth graders on using poetry to learn about minerals. The professor, a geologist, shared an electronic slide show of poems she had composed about gem minerals that incorporated physical properties, formation, uses, and other information. After instruction, students researched a mineral of choice and wrote poems that contained facts and a personal reaction to the mineral. Some students reported difficulties in finding words to express their ideas in rhyme, but expressed satifaction in the sense of accomplishment in producing a scientific poem.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Topics: Solid EarthKeywords: Cognitive gains, Teaching practices