In geveb Pedagogy Poll: Yiddish Modernist Poetry
Calling all teachers! We are interested in learning about how you teach Yiddish modernist poetry. Responses will be synthesized and published on In geveb's Pedagogy Section, in a series called "Loyt di lerers."
Please describe the course(s) in which you teach Yiddish modernist poetry. Please provide information about the institutional setting and class level (high school, undergraduate, graduate, adult learners, etc.), as well as any other details you feel would be helpful.
What context serves as the backdrop for your study of Yiddish modernist poetry? (Choose as many as apply)
Modernist Studies/Comparative Literature
Yiddish literature in a specific location [American Yiddish literature; Soviet Yiddish Literature; Yiddish literature in Israel; European Yiddish literature]
What anthologies, translated volumes, or bilingual editions, do you find particularly useful sources for identifying course material capable of effectively engaging your students?
How long are your class periods and how much poetry do you ask students to prepare for a given class?
Which scholarly works inform your understanding of Yiddish modernist poetry and have helped you better teach this material? Do you assign scholarly texts to your students, and if so, which ones?
If you teach in translation, to what degree do you address issues related to the source language?
What techniques have you employed to help students prepare for lecture or class discussion of the material, and which ones have proven most successful? For example, do you provide glossaries and poets’ biographies; introduce information about poetic genres, rhetorical figures, allusions, modernist styles and movements, or material referenced in the poetry; ask preparatory questions to prime the pump for in-class analysis; assign secondary readings?
What in-class activities or strategies do you use for teaching Yiddish modernist poetry? Do you have group work techniques, worksheets, free write and student presentation prompts, or other activities you'd be willing to share with In geveb?
Which poets and poems have you had the most success teaching and which poets and poems have you had the least success teaching? How do you understand these successes and failures? Do they relate to comprehensibility of the material, the themes addressed, your pedagogical approach to the material, or some other factor?
Is there anything else you'd like to share that our questions didn't cover?
What future questions would you like to see on our "loyt di lerers" forum?
What's your name? (We won't share it without your permission)
Can we publish your response? We might summarize or quote directly.
Yes but keep my answer anonymous
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