|Rabbittown Learners Program||G u i d e t o W r i t i n g|
During the past few years, society realized literacy was more than the capacity to read and write. It is a catalyst for personal growth. The key is to link learning to experience, in a way that allows the learner to explore the social, cultural, economic, and political realities of life.
Therefore, the Rabbittown Learners use poetry as a language experience that can encourage personal writing. The learner is at the centre of the experience.
It does not matter if a person is male or female, or what their background is, poetry is a means of expressing personal feelings and thoughts. Poetry can be a free-writing technique that expresses disappointments and triumphs, personal difficulties, dreams, aspirations or goals. As with many types of writing, it is open to the interpretation of the reader.
For the very basic learner, poetry starters are a wonderful way to encourage him/her to get thoughts on paper. Included are a couple of poetry starters to give tutors an idea how they work.
We encourage our learners to write what they feel and not to worry about grammar, spelling, etc. By doing this, poetry is often a very uplifting experience that brings out creativity. This can lead to increase confidence and self-esteem, which are ultimate goals in writing.
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