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Using Poetry to Teach about Minerals in Earth Science Class
This article describes how a high school earth science teacher and a college education professor team-taught a lesson to ninth graders on using poetry to learn about minerals. The professor, a geologist, shared an electronic slide show of poems she had composed about gem minerals that incorporated physical properties, formation, uses, and other information. After instruction, students researched a mineral of choice and wrote poems that contained facts and a personal reaction to the mineral. Some students reported difficulties in finding words to express their ideas in rhyme, but expressed satifaction in the sense of accomplishment in producing a scientific poem.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-130
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Audrey C. Rule
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
State University of New York at Oswego

Author: Luke A. Carnicelli
Oswego High School

Author: Sharon S. Kane
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
State University of New York at Oswego