|Words Unlocked: A Poetry Initiative for Youth in Facilities
Schools and educational programs in juvenile facilities around the U.S. are encouraged to start the initiative on April 1, 2013. All materials for the initiative are available at the CEEAS wiki site, Words Unlocked
. The wiki has a robust set of tools available for public use including:
- Daily lesson plans;
- Teacher-ready classroom materials, rubrics and assessments;
- Teacher tips;
- A seven-day and a month-long poetry curriculum; and
- Handouts and materials available in SMARTBoard, ActivBoard, MS Word, and PDF formats.
includes a nationwide poetry competition open to any youth held in a secure facility. Poets R. Dwayne Betts
and Jimmy Santiago Baca
will serve as the lead judges. In addition, CEEAS will engage the public in the judging by running a nationwide poll using Twitter.
Finally, CEEAS will publish an on-line and iBook anthology featuring student poetry, and will provide training for schools on how to publish their own anthologies. TheCEEAS blog
will feature poems submitted during the initiative.
Visit the Words Unlocked
wiki site today to begin planning for this amazing event!