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Bonnie Maurer

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Bonnie Maurer is an Indianapolis-based poet and writer. In addition to a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, she has earned degrees in Anthropology and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is the author of several published books of poetry, and has been working in the arts-in-education field since 1984. In teaching children about poetry and creative writing, she strives to make the process fun, imaginative and engaging for the students. “I remind myself that as a teacher I am a catalyst for writing energy in the classroom. So I bring hands-on objects to make writing more immediate and to spark students’ natural curiosity.” Some examples of her workshop titles include, “Hello Mail Box,” “The Friendly Letter Poems,” “Body-Talk Poems,” and “Native American Poems.” Depending on the needs of the class, Bonnie will customize her creative writing program to suit the curriculum. “From observing me, I hope students learn that they have permission to explore their own responses, to solve problems, change their minds, express themselves in new ways, and discover what they really think.”

Programs

Odes to Nature

Workshop

Students use natural objects as inspiration for this writing experience. After learning the requirements of an ode, students write poems to the objects. “O, Butterfly, like a piece of the rainbow flittering all over the world, take me on your wings…”

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 29
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Choose Your Own Poetry Workshop

Students will create original poems on their own or as a class. You can choose one of these popular topics –

  • Friendship
  • Odes and Observation
  • Feelings about yourself
  • Friendly Letter Format
  • Nature
  • Written Portraits
  • Unlocking Imagination
  • Poetry Cards & Games

Or meet with Bonnie to create a workshop based on your curriculum.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Here is My Magic Key

Workshop

My basket of keys open an attic, a castle door, another dimension and more. Students litterally hold the key to their imagination in the palms of their hands with this writing workshop. We explore the possibilities of these magic keys, focus on the senses in creating a story or poem together by the class, then students make up their own. “My key opens a haunted house. Beware. Take my key if you dare.” As we read, we pass the key –the gift of our imaginations– along.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

“Who Are You?” by e.e. cummings

Workshop

Students will study the poet e.e. cummings and his fun loving play with words: mOOn, for example. Students will learn about his children’s poem, “Who are you,” and create a portrait-poem of a family member in the spirit of the poet. This workshop can be used to write about insects and animals as well.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading
  • Grades: K-2
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Come and Be My Friend

Workshop

At every age friendship is a topic of concern to us. What kind of friend are you? What would you include in your oath of friendship? What do you wish for you and your friend? How would you invite a friend to come be your friend? We will Read ancient and modern poems inspired by these questions as well as discuss some of the techniques poets use. Students will compose a friendship poem of their own.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Jazz on the Fly

Workshop

Grades K-3 will listen to the book “The Jazz Fly”, then will create their own class poem using scat and jazz poetry techniques. Grades 4-12 will read jazz poetry by writers such as Langston Hughes, will listen to jazz music, and will compose their own poems.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Social Studies Teamwork U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Circle of Life: Native American Poems

Workshop

Students will draw a “circle of life” full of content from their own lives. They will listen to Native American music and poems, then will compose a poem using their own circles.

This program meets standards in Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Poetry Reading Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Connecting to the Circle

Residency

Students will gain an awareness of our ecological self.  Through a variety of writing and poetry workshops, students will explore their kinship with nature, seek to know the other, join with it, understand caring for it as for themselves, and begin to connect to the planet as a whole.  These lessons will seek to heal the division that has grown between us and the rest of nature.

This program meets standards in Environmental Science
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $438

Poetry in the Classroom

Teacher Training

Bonnie Maurer will provide a hands on workshop involving her strategies for creating poetry in the classroom. Teachers will participate by exploring their own responses to the exercise examples. Completion of this workshop is recommended before a residency.

This program meets standards in Communication Creative Writing Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Poetry
  • Grades: Educators
  • Length: 120 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Two-hour workshop: $175

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