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 in ordinary prose, on a street sign, in an advertisement, or even inside of a fortune cookie. The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems debuted on Tuesday. It’s a wonderful collection of found poetry edited by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guilloppe.
This book will inspire you and your students to comb the world around you for poems you can claim as found poetry. Take a look at three examples from the The Arrow Finds Its Mark for some (initial) inspiration:
While I believe a love of poetry should be instilled in children year-round, it’s challenging for many teachers to fit poetry into their curriculum outside of the month of April, also known as National Poetry Month. Therefore, if you’re gearing up for a month-long poetry study, then The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems is a book you should consider adding to your classroom’s poetry resources.
A special thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sponsoring a giveaway of one copy of The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems for one of our readers.
To win a copy of the book please leave a comment about any experience you’ve had with finding a poem. If you’ve never found a poem before or are just learning about found poetry for the first time, then explain how you might use one or more of the poems above to help you find a poem going-forward.
Please leave your comment in the comments section of this post by Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. A random drawing will take place on Tuesday, April 10th and the winner’s name will be announced in a blog post later that day.
Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address and have my contact at Macmillan send the book out to you. Please note: Your e-mail address will not be published online.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).