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Naomi Epstein's Blog – January 2011 Archive (1)

Is it worthwhile to teach authentic poetry without vocabulary?

I'm teaching the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken" to a large group of my Hebrew-speaking deaf and hard of hearing 10th and 11th graders. It's in the curriculum.

 

I find it to be a puzzling situation. On one hand it seems absolutely insane to teach it to most of these kids. I'm not exaggerating when I say that most of them only know two to four words in the entire poem. Even a word that seems familiar to them such as "sorry" isn't in the right…

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Added by Naomi Epstein on January 24, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

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