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Expand Your Mind with Poetry Book 2

Themes of Poetry

Expand Your Mind with Poetry Book 2 is part of a two books series designed to make poetry accessible to students at all levels of ability so it assumes little prior knowledge of poetry. Students simply need a basic knowledge of grammar such as common parts of speech and of basic language concepts such as syllables.

Book 2 in this series builds on Book 1 in that it takes a thematic approach to poetry writing, providing stimuli and scaffolding for producing quality creative poetry. Its four parts cover: identity and relationships (friends, family, home and self); the five senses and their effect on our emotions; nature; and topics to stretch the imagination and expand the mind.

Ages: 11-13 | Pages: 66 | Code: 5809 | ISBN: 9781927251416

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Alan Chamberlain

Alan Chamberlain was educated in Australia (University of Sydney) and in France (University of Paris-Sorbonne). He taught French and English in New South Wales before teacing and studying at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He then worked as Associate Professor in French at the University of New South Wales and as Associate Professor in Language Education at the University of Brunei. He has also worked as an ESL/ESOL teacher trainer in Singapore and China. He is the author of a number of French textbooks in Australia and France and books on the teaching of poetry (with Vaughan Rapatahana) in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
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Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ätiawa) commutes between homes in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is widely published across several genre in both his main languages, te reo Mäori and English and his work has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Italian, French, Mandarin, Romanian, Spanish.

He earned a Ph. D from the University of Auckland with a thesis about Colin Wilson and writes extensively about Wilson. Rapatahana is a critic of the agencies of English language proliferation and the consequent decimation of indigenous tongues, inaugurating and co-editing English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, 2012 and 2016).

He is also a poet, with eight collections published in Hong Kong SAR; Macau; Philippines; USA; England; France, India, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Atonement (UST Press, Manila) was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines (2016); he won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize the same year; and was included in Best New Zealand Poems (2017).

In July 2018, he participated in the Hauterives Literary Festival in France. In September 2019, he participated in the World Poetry Recital Night, in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. In October 2019, he participated in the Poetry International Festival at The Southbank Centre, London. He also appeared at the Medellin Poetry Festival in Colombia during August 2021,

Rapatahana is one of the few World authors who consistently writes in and is published in te reo Mäori (the Mäori language). It is his mission to continue to do so and to push for a far wider recognition of the need to write and to be published in this tongue.

New Zealand Book Council Writers File is https://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writer/rapatahana-vaugh


Introductory unit: How is poetry relevant today?5
Section A: Home, friends, family and me7
Unit A1: The one and only me!7
Unit A2: Friends10
Unit A3: Family13
Unit A4: Home17
Teacher notes – Section A: Home, friends, family and me21
Section B: The senses and emotions22
Unit B1: Touch22
Unit B2: Colour25
Unit B3: Sound27
Unit B4: Smell29
Unit B5: Taste31
Unit B6: Emotions and feelings33
Teacher notes – Section B: The senses and emotions36
Section C: Nature39
Unit C1: Animals39
Unit C2: The angry planet43
Teacher notes – Section C: Nature46
Section D: Expand your mind47
Unit D1: Scary poems47
Unit D2: Out of my skin – I'm somebody else52
Unit D3: Out of my skin – I'm a sheep?54
Unit D4: Weird situations56
Teacher notes – Section D: Expand your mind58
Extra FUN section: Tongue twisters59
Teacher notes – Tongue twisters61
The vocabulary of poetry62