Category Archive: poetry

Ranting & Writing

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My afternoon session, “Writing from the Heart: Finding Your True Voice,” at the TCRWP Writing Institute was taught by James Howe (aka: Jim).  During the course of the week Jim provided us with… Continue reading

Poetry & Structure: Falling in Love… and Holding it Together — A Guest Blog Post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a writing teacher and children’s poet in Holland, NY.  You can read her daily children’s poem and find writing ideas, book recommendations, and tips for students at her blog,… Continue reading

Poetry Friday Roundup

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I created a Jog, on Jog the Web, to round-up everyone’s Poetry Friday Submissions.  Click here, or on the image below, to head over to the Jog I created.  Then, use the left… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Please join us!

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I am hosting Poetry Friday this week! Please leave a comment with a link to and a brief description of your post. I will put up another post later this weekend, using Jog… Continue reading

The Doors of Poetry: Guest Blog Post by Sarah Mulhern

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Our first Guest Blog Post of the summer is written by Sarah Mulhern, who is a sixth grade teacher in New Jersey.  Sarah blogs at The Reading Zone. When Stacey first asked me… Continue reading

A Book Spine Poem

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Last week I was reading through some education blogs and came across Mary Lee Hahn’s Book Spine Poem.  I liked it so much that I was inspired to “write” one of my own. … Continue reading

Poem in Your Pocket Day is Less Than a Week Away!

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Be sure to have a poem you love inside of your pocket this-coming Thursday, April 29th, 2010 since that’s Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This day is such a big deal in New… Continue reading

Love is in the Air: Poetry in Middle School

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Springtime not only brings more poetry into our classroom, but it also ignites a desire for many middle school students to ask each other out.  When I taught fifth grade, I noticed some… Continue reading

A Dose of Poetry

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Recently I was directed to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new blog, The Poem Farm.  Amy’s poetry, photos, and insights are inspiring. You’ll find yourself filled with ideas for making poetry come alive in your… Continue reading

You Be the Poet!

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My husband and I spent last week visiting our families in the NY Metropolitan Area.  When we returned to our home in Central Pennsylvania, we were greeted by bursts of yellow on our… Continue reading

Teach Students How to Grow Theories About Poems (During National Poetry Month & All Year Long)

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Just as I have to think about how I can mentor myself after poets when I want to write vivid poems, I encourage children to make reading-writing connections with the poems they encounter.… Continue reading

Topic Choice Mentors

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Sometimes, when we offer students choice during a poetry unit of study, they get come up empty.  One topic that all kids have something to say about is school.  Whether they love it… Continue reading

Color & Poetry

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Color poems are popular things to have students craft, especially in elementary school Writing Workshops.  There are many books that provide examples of color poems for young writers to emulate.  Some are fantastic,… Continue reading

Fresh Poetry Links

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I’ve taken class trips for the sole purpose of having students write poetry.  My students have written poems atop the Prudential Center in Boston, from the Top of the Rock, next to the… Continue reading

A Fuzzy Poetic Mentor Text

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Last week I wrote about a book with very different types of acrostic poems, after which students can mentor themselves.  Since National Poetry Month is rapidly approaching, I thought I’d stick with poetry… Continue reading

Writing Different Kinds of Acrostic Poetry

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I had the pleasure of being part of the round two judges for the 2009 Cybils Poetry Panel.  I really enjoyed all five of the books we had to judge, including the winner. … Continue reading

Snow Day Poetry Activity

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Schools from Indiana to Pennsylvania (and beyond) are closed today.  While I’m spending time working on the book we’re writing, I’ve also spent close to a half hour on Facebook.  As a result,… Continue reading

A Daily Dose of Poetry

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I recently learned about Jane Jaudon Ferrer‘s site called Your Daily Poem, which posts a new poem by an accomplished poet daily.  The site mixes classic and contemporary poetry and includes a great… Continue reading

Poetry Party

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Sylvia Vardell chaired “Poetry Party! Celebrating 2009 NCTE Poetry Award Recipient Lee Bennett Hopkins,” which Ruth blogged a little bit about on Friday.  This was by far the most fun I’ve ever had… Continue reading

Cybils 2009

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Voting for the Cybils starts today!  Be sure to cast a vote for your favorite new books of 2009.  Nominations are open from October 1st – 15th, 2009.  At that point, the first… Continue reading