Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School

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Fans of the best-selling For the Good of the Earth and Sun will applaud this sequel by beloved author Georgia Heard - an inspiring and practical handbook that celebrates the natural power of poetry to teach the essential tools of all writing.

Awakening the Heart explores how to cultivate the poet in every elementary and middle school student - through well-drawn examples, detailed exercises, creative projects, and down-to-earth classroom teachings. Along the way, we learn how ...

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Overview

Fans of the best-selling For the Good of the Earth and Sun will applaud this sequel by beloved author Georgia Heard - an inspiring and practical handbook that celebrates the natural power of poetry to teach the essential tools of all writing.

Awakening the Heart explores how to cultivate the poet in every elementary and middle school student - through well-drawn examples, detailed exercises, creative projects, and down-to-earth classroom teachings. Along the way, we learn how to: create environments that encourage children to express their innate sense of wonder; introduce poetry that will engage them; and help children make the transition from reading and talking to writing.

Best of all, Awakening the Heart is filled with luminous poems - by children, famous poets, and Heard herself.

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“Awakening the Heart is a stirring personal reminder that encouraging children to discover the words and images of their own lives, as we discover our own, is a crucial devotion. We all need such books as lanterns and guides.”–Naomi Shihab Nye
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000930
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/2/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 133,979
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

As a writer, a poet, and a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Georgia Heard continues to bring a poet's ear and a teacher's know-how to every aspect of writing instruction. Her latest books, The Revision Toolbox, Second Edition and Finding the Heart of Nonfiction, take their place alongside essential resources such as the Heinemann titles Writing Toward Home; and Awakening the Heart - which Instructor Magazine called one of its 12 Books Every Teacher Should Read. Georgia is also a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services. At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Georgia worked for seven years as Senior Staff Developer in New York City schools. Today she travels the U.S. and the world as a consultant, visiting author, and keynote speaker in school districts and conferences. In addition to her Heinemann professional books, Georgia is the coauthor of Climb Inside a Poem, classroom materials from Heinenann-Firsthand. She is also the author of the professional titles Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core Standards and A Place for Wonder as well as children's literature such as Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Poetry, Like Bread, Is for Everyone

Making a Poetry Environment: A Place Where Your Life Really Matters

Reading Poetry: Poems Keep Singing to You All Your Life

Writing Poetry: Where Does Poetry Hide?

Crafting Poetry: Toolboxes

Sharpening Our Outer and Inner Visions: Poetry Projects

Epilogue: Yourself as the Key

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

    Great Poetry Resource

    Our school used this book for a book study about Poetry. The book was very easy to read and had a lot of great ideas for using poetry in the classroom. I have used several of the ideas since the book study with students in 4th and 5th grade and they loved the activities! Lessons are applicable for early elementary through middle school. This is an excellent resource for teachers!

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