Creating and Representing Intertextual Connections to Self-selected Paired Text
A Poetic Inquiry
Keywords:poetry, intertexuality, reading, writing, illustrating, inquiry
This article describes an instructional strategy developed to integrate reading and writing. This
strategy invites students to use reading, writing poetry, and illustrating as tools to represent
intertextual connections to self-selected paired text. It identifies poetic inquiry as the research
methodology, discusses intertextuality, and provides a rationale for this instructional strategy. It
also shares a brief overview of paired text, discusses poetry as a useful and flexible literary tool
for responding to self-selected paired text, and describes different theoretical perspectives on
response to literature, highlighting one perspective that underpins this instructional strategy.
Samples of student writing that resulted from using this strategy in the classroom are shared.
Lessons learned and a lasting thought are provided.
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