The Voice: Spring 2002
Two English majors published in recent English Journal
Two Dordt College graduates are having an influence on English teachers across North
America through their articles in the January 2002 issue of the English Journal,
the magazine for English teachers in the United States and Canada, according to
Professor David Schelhaas, who says it was the first magazine he ordered as
a beginning English teacher. Others he knows refer to it as their Bible
for teaching ideas.
Dr. Laura Apol (85) and Nicole (Vander Vliet) Baart (99) were published in
back-to-back feature articles in a 140-page issue devoted to teaching and writing poetry.
Apols What Do We Do If We Dont Do Haiku? Seven Suggestions for
Writers and Teachers is an excellent article on how to write poems, says
Schelhaas, who has had three pieces published in the English Journal. Apol urges
would-be writers to read the poetry of others, to begin writing and let
the process take its shape, to keep practicing, to be concrete, to invent
if necessary, to revise, and to find their own voice. These tips are
written in an engaging style using many examples and illustrations. Apol teaches writing
at Michigan State University.
Baarts article Saying it More Intensely: Using Sensory Experience to Teach Poetry Writing
tells how she uses sensory experience workshops to help her students learn to
write poetry. She describes four workshops, one each on scent, taste, listening, and
sight that help students change their stereotypes about what poetry is and help
them begin to write poems of their own. Baart teaches secondary school English
at the Mennonite Educational Institute in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
The English Journal is published six times per year by the National Council
of Teachers of English.