Browse our past posts about poetry instruction in the classroom. Also, get a few ideas for crafting some of your own poems.
Betsy Snyder shares a behind-the-scenes process for writing and illustrating I Haiku You, her newest picture book published by Random House. Read through her post and then leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book.
Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 is the latest gem from Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli. Not only does their book help you hone your poetry workshop instruction using mentor… Read More
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders can be used as a mentor text to help students craft poems, instead of biographies or informational reports, about people they read about and research.
Did you read Katherine Sokolowski’s Slice of Life post this past Tuesday? She crafted a poem that was a tribute to a dear family-friend, Vel, who passed away. Crafting the poem was a… Read More
“Poetry breaks through the skin of suffering in which children are often imprisoned: silent, confused, and scared. A child’s poetry is an intimate, trusting gift to her parent or to anyone who wishes… Read More
A BIG thank you to the people who graciously responded to the post I wrote in March when I was compiling the book list for the graduate course I’m teaching. The titles you… Read More
On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace. Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers Make: In Praise… Read More
This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Read More
Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to have them write… Read More
Congratulations to Justin Green whose commenter number corresponds to the random number drawn for Georgia Heard’s new book of poems The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems. Many thanks to… Read More
It’s Tuesday and it’s April. That means you’ve had two days to catch your breath if you were part of the 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! I hope you’ll join us… Read More
Have you ever found a poem? I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem. I’m talking about finding something poetic… Read More
I’ve hiked alongside a black bear, who was fishing for salmon in a stream, in Alaska. Maybe it was because I was with a group of people, but the bear didn’t scare me. … Read More
On Feb. 29th, 2008, I gave my fourth graders a copy of the “Leap Year Poem.” I asked them to hold on to the little slip of paper I printed it on and… Read More
Lee Bennett Hopkins delivered an inspiring keynote address, “Writers — Real People” last Wednesday morning at the TCRWP Writing Institute. His keynote address seemed to have three parts. First, he spoke about other… Read More
From We had way too much fun today!!! We’ve all had those “best teaching days.” You know, the ones where the children are completely engaged in learning. The ones that are fun. The… Read More
Have you ever wanted to write something, but you’re sure your words are never ever going to do it justice? That’s how I feel about tonight’s slice. Some of you may know I’ve… Read More
If you don’t know already, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater totally rocks. If you are thinking Who’s Amy LV?, keep it to yourself and click here to see her remarkable blog, The Poem Farm. Not… Read More