New Zealand

Expand Your Mind with Poetry

Writing poetry is relevant, absorbing and mind-expanding - and you can prove it to your students with this accessible two-book series. Lively and informative, Expand Your Mind with Poetry guides students through the writing process with guidelines, examples and activities from which they can build their own skills with poetry. Completing each unit can involve a mix of individual, pair, group and whole-class work, depending on the nature of the task and student needs. Book 1 equips students with poetic resources that they can put to good use in writing the themantic poetry that Book 2 inspires.

Ages: 11-14 years

About the Authors

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.
Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Atiawa, Ngati Te Whiti) has a PhD in existential literacy criticism from the University of Auckland and currently lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has had several collections of poetry published, most recently Schisms (Stonesthrow Poetry, Nevada, USA) in both ebook and print forms, and has been poetry editor of the Maori and Indigenous Journal. In addition to his work with Alan Chamberlain on several poetry teaching resources, Vaughan has published prolifically in other genres, including fiction (both novels and short stories), essays and critiques. He also specialises in writing on the works of Engish author Colin Wilson. Vaughan was a semi-finalist in the inaugural Proverse Prize in Literature in 2009 and was placed for the 2013 Erbacce Poetry Prize. His latest poetry collection, Atonement - published in Macau and Hong Kong in 2015 and then in Philippines in 2016, where it was nominated for a National Book Award. He also won the inaugural international Proverse Poetry prize in 2016.