Poetry, she thought, with a sigh,is little more than proseedited forbrevityand line breaks. Right now, I’m doing a poetry unit with my fourth graders. Most of them dread poetry writing. … Continue Reading Poetry Month: That’s the (Line) Breaks
Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.
My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our … Continue Reading Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!
Naturally, April seems to be the month to introduce poetry units of study as either part of writing or reading workshop, and that is a lovely celebration to look forward to. But, why wait until April? Why not bring the power of poetry into our workshops from the very beginning of the school year?
Be a teacher who writes poetry and share it with your students.
One of the reasons poetry is so powerful is because of all that can be taught and learned via this genre. Since typically this genre is short it makes it … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.
It’s coming . . . Eight Days . . . Eight Poems . . . Insight into poetry that only comes from being a poet yourself. Join us for our … Continue Reading Get Ready!
March 2009’s Voices from the Middle included an article by Georgia Heard entitled “Celestino: A Tribute to the Healing Power of Poetry. ” In typical Georgia Heard style, the article is … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters
“I hate poetry,” unfortunately those words were the truth of my existence for many years. They prevented me from becoming an English major, steering me toward science — give me … Continue Reading The Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.
Around Indiana, Kindergarten Round Up is in full swing. This personally effects me since my red-headed flair of a five year old will be entering kindergarten next year. She is … Continue Reading A Thought + A Poem
With the start of the year, I’ve noticed several teachers having students use their names to make acrostic poems. I was reminded of a post Stacey wrote * about encouraging … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: An Original Acrostic.
Here’s a poem from Ralph Fletcher’s book, A Writing Kind of Day. Writer’s Notebooks My brother Tom says he’s a hundredaire with two hundred fifty dollars in his bank account. … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: Writer’s Notebook