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Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community
The dazzling new edition of this "tremendously valuable resource" (Kliatt) contains 65 writing exercises and more than 400 example poems. It also discusses how to integrate poetry writing into the English class and essential topics such as sound and rhythm, traditional poetic forms, inventing and adapting exercises, revision, and publishing. "The lessons are presented with ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative
(first published 1994)
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A solid book about teaching poetry, especially good for those who have never taught poetry before and feel anxious about it. Thought the book seems aimed at teaching younger children, I think many of these assignments could be modified for any age group. If you already do teach poetry and feel comfortable doing so, this is still a nice source for some new ideas. I especially like the pedagogical approaches that are brought up, in terms of how to present the material.
I found this book to be really helpful because it gives so many writing prompts and activities. It also provides tons of examples to go along with each. It's a great resource for teachers, but at the same time I think it's interesting enough to be enjoyed by anyone who like children or poetry or both even if they're not a teacher.
Jack Collom was born in Chicago in 1931 and grew up in nearby Western Springs, where he spent much of his boyhood walking in the woods and bird watching. After graduating from the Forestry School at Colorado A&M College, Collom joined the US Air Force and wrote his first poems in Tripoli, Libya. He lived in Germany a Zeitlang, then returned stateside and worked in factories for twenty years. H ...moreMore about Jack Collom...