GENERAL ARTIST INFORMATION
Name: B. J. Buckley
B.J. Buckley is a Montana poet and writer with over 35 years of experience in Arts-in-Schools/Communities programs throughout the Dakotas and the west, including work with Native American students, ESL and special needs students, and senior citizens. She is currently SDAC Writer-in-Residence for Sanford Cancer Center, Sioux Falls, SD. BJ’s poetry has won numerous national awards and is widely published in print and on-line journals; her most recent book is CORVIDAE, Lummox Press 2014.
B.J. believes that all children are natural poets, writers, and artists, and that her job is to facilitate their innate abilities. She encourages children to explore the world around them and the world within them, and to use what they discover as material for their poems and stories. Buckley incorporates other art forms such as bookmaking, origami, illustration, and oral performance into her residencies. She makes an effort to introduce her students to the best work of writers in their region and across other cultures, and then students use these poems as models and inspiration for their own group and individual work.
B.J. welcomes and encourages teachers to be active partners and collaborators in all residency activities.
SAMPLE RESIDENCY INFORMATION
Residency Title: Reading the Image, Writing the Poem
Grade Level: For students Grades 5 – 7
Number of Sessions: Five, 50-minute Sessions
SHORT LESSON PLAN
Students will find that they can look at the same image, and have differing thoughts and ideas about what is going on, all based on what they see or notice; not all of them see in the same way, and each will notice some things that others do not. Working as a group allows us to use our fellow learners as resources and collaborators in gaining understanding. Students learn to link their observations and ideas to an aspect of the artwork as a way of supporting what they think.
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