Teaching “Entre Ville” by J. R. Carpenter

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Read I ♥ E-Poetry entry on “Entre Ville”

This lesson plan– the first in the E-Lit for ESL series— takes advantage of J.R. Carpenter’s polyphonic approach to the city to introduce the characteristics of e-literature, to provide some reading strategies and to encourage the use of digital tools in writing. The text “Saint Urban Street Heat” and its multiple vignettes that can be explored become a resource for reviewing the use of adjectives and presenting hyphenated adjectives to students.

This resource has been designed for teenagers and adults with at least an intermediate proficiency level. Its activities include:

  • the use of pre-reading strategies,
  • the reading of “Saint Urban Street Heat” in print and then within “Entre Ville,”
  • the reflection of the author’s experiences in her work,
  • the introduction to hyphenated adjectives, and
  • the elaboration of a collage using PowerPoint and digital materials provided by the students.

Access the Teaching “Entre Ville” lesson plan.

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New Series: E-Lit for ESL

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The purpose of the E-Lit for ESL series– a branch of the E-Lit Pedagogy CFP– is to offer teaching resources for ESL based on the works featured in I ♥ E-Poetry. These materials will consist on highly adaptable lesson plans which seek to:

  • develop proficiency in any of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking),
  • introduce grammar structures and vocabulary, and
  • integrate digital literacy in high school and college ESL classrooms.

These lesson plans are designed to be modular, describing activities without predetermined time periods, in order to make them adaptable to multiple environments– age groups, proficiency levels, course objectives, and educational contexts. Teachers will be able to select the activities they want to implement and decide whether a task can be performed during a class session or as an assignment.

We welcome feedback and suggestions on how to improve these lesson plans. Please use the Contact form to do so.

CFP: E-Lit Pedagogy

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I ♥ E-Poetry is largely an educational project, developing into a reference of electronic literature that aims for encyclopedic scope of its coverage. It is designed for newcomers to these genres, scholars who need a quick reference, and educators interested in teaching e-lit in their courses.

Members of the digital humanities and electronic literature communities are already making strides in this direction, with digital pedagogy (read this also), critical making, and exploratory programming, to name a few. It’s time to take some of  e-lit’s pedagogical potential out for a spin and see what we can do with it.

To encourage the teaching of e-lit, this project has created resources, indexes, and now seeks to expand to materials used to teach it, such as lesson plans, modules, assignments, and so on, in the following areas:

  • Teaching e-lit as a subject matter, in literary, cultural, and other humanistic contexts.
  • Teaching e-lit works to develop general education skills (such as critical thinking, writing, reading, and speaking).
  • Teaching e-lit for ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Teaching e-lit to enhance learning in STEM fields.

Any of these areas can be defined further by target population, age group, and so on.

If you’re interested in exploring this potential, whether it’s with an individual submission or by becoming a regular or guest contributor, please contact me to start the conversation.

New Contributor: Lauren Pérez Mangonez

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I ♥ E-Poetry welcomes its new contributor: Lauren Pérez Mangonez.

Lauren Pérez is a certified teacher of English and Spanish, graduated from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. She is a Research Assistant at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus), where she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English Education; her thesis is about the use of E-literature in the ESL classroom. She loves horror, sci-fi and fantasy literature, and of course, E-Poetry.

Lauren’s passion for e-lit pedagogy will enrich this resource with lesson plans designed to address ESL (English as a Second Language) and general education needs.

Willy Shakes (@IAM_SHAKESPEARE) by Joshua Strebel

"Willy Shakes" by Joshua Strebel
“Willy Shakes” by Joshua Strebel

William Shakespeare returns to Twitter!

This bot (previously reviewed in I ♥ E-Poetry) takes a simple concept and executes it flawlessly: it tweets a line from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (freely available in Project Gutenberg) every 10 minutes and will do so until it reaches the end in about 2 years. “Willy Shakes” has now begun the third round of tweeting, having recently completed Round 2 on December 24, 2013 (see embedded tweets below) and taking a brief hiatus.

Read moreWilly Shakes (@IAM_SHAKESPEARE) by Joshua Strebel