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"Poems wake us up, keep us company, and remind us that our world is big and small, And too, poems teach us how to write. Anything." Amy Ludwig VanDerwater explains in Poems Are Teachers.
This is a practical book designed for every classroom teacher. Each lesson exploration includes three poems, one by a contemporary adult poet and two by students in grades 2 through 8, whi
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Diz
Mar 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, education
This is inspiring not only for teachers of poetry, but also those who are interested in writing it. Each 4-page entry focuses on one technique, prompt, or theme. The entries included a poem by a professional poet, an explanation of the poem by the poet that focuses on the topic of the entry, an expansion of the topic by the author of the book, a poetry writing activity for students and two or three poems written by students. I appreciate that the book focuses on inspiration for poetry writing ra ...more
Mary Lee
Every writing teacher needs to read this book. Every writer needs to read this book.

You will leave this book WANTING to write; WANTING to have a classroom full of students with whom to write.

All that's good and right and true about writing in any other form is also good and right and true about writing poetry. There is so much to learn from poetry. There is so much to learn from Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. What are you waiting for?!? BEGIN!
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Paula
I have been so excited for this book's release and when it arrived I devoured it. Amy Ludwig VanDerWater has been my "go-to" poet/teacher for years. Her website The Poem Farm http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/ has helped me teach and think about poetry in new ways so I knew this book would be amazing--and it didn't disappoint. Each lesson offers us 3 poems as mentor texts (1 contemporary poet and 2 student poets) for learning about: craft, ideas, point of view, structure, titles and more. You do not ...more
Tara Brown
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are anything like me, you wonder numerous times throughout the school year: "How in the world am I ever going to find time to cover everything in the curriculum? How can I best teach the state and district standards, so I can confidently move forward knowing my students are prepared for what comes next? After spending so much time on (xx), why are my students still not grasping these ideas and concepts? How can I help my students understand complex ideas in a clear, meaningful, and applic ...more
Paul  Hankins
"I promise that you are about to experience joy reading this book. I am positive that sharing the poems, the how-tos, and the inner workings of all of these poets' hearts and minds with your students will magically, even miraculously improve their poetry and prose."

(from Katherine Bomer's Introduction to POEMS ARE TEACHERS)

Presented in six sections that model something that looks closer to what writers of prose do, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's POEMS ARE TEACHERS: HOW STUDYING POETRY STRENGTHENS WRIT
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Vincent Lobosco
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. Fabulous and delightful author. Easy to follow format to use poetry to teach writing.
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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of several poetry books for children including Forest Has a Song, With My Hands, Read! Read! Read!, and Write! Write! Write!. In addition, she is author of picture books Every Day Birds, Dreaming of You, That Missing Feeling, poems in many anthologies, and popular classroom blogs The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks. Her newest book is If This Bird Had Pockets: ...more

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