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The Alan Sitomer Poetry Jam Grades 4-12

Get students excited about poetry! This dynamic program is truly the best poetry teaching resource available. It reflects Alan Sitomer's expertise in engaging reluctant readers, and helps to meet the poetry requirements of your curriculum.

Poetry Jam

Each Poetry Jam includes:

  • 30 copies of the print Poetry Jam Anthology
  • Six copies of each Poetry Lit Circle book
  • One copy each of eight additional titles from celebrated poets
  • Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics for the Classroom — uses classic poems and contemporary rap lyrics to help students explore poetic forms and techniques
  • Teacher Resource Guide, bursting with tools to help you reach your students
  • The Compostion JamBox, filled with multimedia options

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Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer is California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008, The Insight Education Group named Alan Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

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About Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer

Alan Sitomer is California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008 The Insight Education Group named Alan Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

Mr. Sitomer is the pioneering author of The Alan Sitomer BookJam literacy program which includes The Poetry Jam, and The Composition JamBox. He has written popular young adult novels, including The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, HomeboyzNerd Girls, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, published by Disney. Alan is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disconnected students. In the past he’s been honored by the American Library Association (the A.L.A. named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, receiving the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novel which best engages reluctant readers).

Alan Sitomer is currently on sabbatical from the classroom as he works to re-shape literacy education through policy dialogue, professional development workshops, and authoring new materials for classroom use.