Tag Archive: poetry

Poetry Begins with Play

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Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.

Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!

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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 poetry workshop and… Continue reading

Put poetry into your writing tool kit all year!

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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?

Throwback Week: Be A Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Be a teacher who writes poetry and share it with your students.

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.

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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 manageable for students… Continue reading

Get Ready!

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It’s coming . . . Eight Days . . . Eight Poems . . . Insight into poetry that only comes from being a poet yourself. Join us for our poetry challenge:  What? … Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters

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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 both eloquent and… Continue reading

The Big Picture Series: Poetry Matters.

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“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 biology and chemistry,… Continue reading

A Thought + A Poem

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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 so excited.  She’s… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Original Acrostic.

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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 meaning in acrostic… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Writer’s Notebook

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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. Dad’s a thousandaire.… Continue reading