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Join us for Rhythm and Resistance Book Party on May 8

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We are hosting a party to celebrate our newest Rethinking Schools book Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, which reclaims poetry as a necessary part of a larger vision of what it means to teach for justice. This book was birthed in the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and features the writing of teachers and students from our site as well as national poets like Patricia Smith, Daniel Beaty, Paul Flores, Martín Espada, and William Stafford. At a time when many schools are saturated with SBAC and PARCC testing, we argue for the continued place of poetry in the curriculum, and we share lessons about how to make that happen. Please share with friends and colleagues.

Party: May 8th from 4-6 @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97212

If you can't wait until May for your copy, see the attached flyer to purchase the book at a discount now.

Tim Gillespie, founding director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College and author of Doing Literary Criticism (Stenhouse), wrote a review for the book:

“Rhythm and Resistance begins with an eloquent argument for bringing poetry into our classrooms. We know this generation of students is already drawn to the rhymes and flow of hip hop, the drama of spoken word and poetry slams, and the high voltage Def Poetry Jam. But besides simply offering high-impact, high-interest opportunities to grab students’ attention, say the editors, poetry can do far more. It can give students a voice, help them learn more about each other, strengthen their classroom communities, and provide them opportunities for the practice of empathy. And in this era of renewed stress on nonfiction writing justified as ‘workforce training’ and a subsequent possible retreat from what is sometimes marginalized as mere ‘creative writing,’ the authors make a convincing brief that working on poetry can also give young writers tools---a passion for specific details and narrative, the use of figurative language and active verbs, a sense of cadence and rhythm---that can be brought with positive effect to their persuasive essays. In addition, the kinds of poetry and issues presented in Rhythm and Resistance offer plenty of opportunities for students to find and define issues in their worlds on which they can focus their passion, a prime mover of any compelling expository and argumentative writing.”

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.