Creating and Representing Intertextual Connections to Self-selected Paired Text

A Poetic Inquiry


  • William Bintz Kent State University
  • Lisa M. Ciecierski


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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