Local Anaesthetic: A Painless Approach to Singaporean Poetry
Author: Pooja Nansi & Erin Woodford
Format: Paperback 92 pages
Level: Teacher Resources
This is the book for every teacher who has ever wanted to introduce Singaporean Poetry in their Literature classroom but didn't feel confident enough about doing it.
This guide, written by teachers for teachers, presents a painless and flexible approach to designing a unit around teaching Singaporean poetry in a way that is tailored to your own classroom. You will find a detailed guide to each poem and suggestions for how to teach them thematically or by difficulty level or even for the specific purpose of helping your students understand a particular poetic device - this allows you to choose the approach which works best for your classroom. And since we understand the daily grind of being a teacher, we also provided ready-to-use lesson plans and guides for your convenience.
Ultimately, we all want our students to see that poetry isn't scary or unapproachable. The easiest way to understand anything is to begin with what we know and because many of the poems in this guide deal with a world that is familiar, they also provide an accessible launch pad from which students and teachers can explore poems from many other parts of the world together.
About the Author
Pooja Nansi is a teacher and poet, and also one half of a spoken word and music duo, The Mango Dollies. Her first collection of poetry, Stiletto Scars, was launched at Singapore Writers Festival 2007. She has performed and conducted workshops extensively in several educational institutes both locally and abroad. She has also participated in poetry projects such as Speechless (with the British Council), where she worked with poets from UK, Ireland, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, and engaged in a month-long tour of the UK to explore issues surrounding freedom of speech. Her second collection of poems Love is an Empty Barstool was published by Math Paper Press in 2013.
Erin Woodford teaches A-Level Literature and Language Arts at Temasek Junior College. She is particularly interested in curriculum design as well as in using Lesson Study as a means to refine teaching practice in the Literature classroom. She has presented strategies for teaching poetry at both school and cluster sharings, as well as at the World Association of Lesson Study Conference 2011 in Japan.