Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start

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A collection of original poems and creative writing exercises that will inspire teens to write about their own lives.

"Since the very beginnings of the human race, we've been gathering in circles and telling stories because beyond the physical needs for food, water, clean air, and security, one of our most basic yearnings is to express ourselves, to share what we know, what we dream, what we imagine, and what we feel."

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Overview

A collection of original poems and creative writing exercises that will inspire teens to write about their own lives.

"Since the very beginnings of the human race, we've been gathering in circles and telling stories because beyond the physical needs for food, water, clean air, and security, one of our most basic yearnings is to express ourselves, to share what we know, what we dream, what we imagine, and what we feel."

Experienced poet and teacher Kathi Appelt has written a wonderful collection of poems for young adult readers, accompanied by fascinating accounts of how and why the poems came to be, along with writing exercises to inspire readers to create their own poetry.

A perfect gift and an excellent classroom resource, this book opens up the world of poetry in a way that is accessible and appealing to teens.

A collection of poems about the experiences of young people and a section with information about how each poem was written to enable readers to create their own original poems.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Finally, "In the Nurse's Office," "The Fat Girl" and "Notes Passed Back and Forth in United States History, Seventh Period" are just three of the more than 20 original offerings included in Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start by Kathi Appelt. Divided in two, the book offers free verse in the first half; Part II uses the work to spark adolescent's own writing. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This is indeed a fine place for a writer to start. It is not about mechanics and the rhythms of poetry. Instead, Appelt covers where ideas, inspiration, and feelings come from and encourages their expression in verse. Her poems are at times sensual, dramatic, or violent, and always rhythmic. They are fascinating, smooth, and "with it." In them, readers meet real teens and in a few words get to understand their needs, fears, and longings. The format is similar to Appelt's Just People & Paper/Pen/Poem (Absey, 1996). The first section is composed of 26 poems. The style is mainly free verse with a few poem structures. The book's weakest element is that for a how-to manual there is little variety of style. The strongest poems are "The Tattoo Dragon," a short poem with high appeal about a tattoo; "What He Knew," about graffiti and a crush; "Homecoming," about a short tenth grader dancing with a tall girl; "Dumpling," about child sex abuse; and "What He Took with Him," about leaving home. The second section explains each poem and encourages readers to write. Questions, ideas, and writer exercises are given. Paul B. Janeczko's Seeing the Blue Between (Candlewick, 2002) features more styles and 32 renowned poets. Appelt's title will be great for schools, YA collections, budding writers, teachers, and homeschool providers.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Appelt, best known for her books for younger readers (Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, p. 328, etc.), has also taught poetry to children and adults. Her own poems here describe the lives and longings of high-school students. From the boy who secretly washes the name of the girl he has a crush on from the boy’s room stall to the girl who can’t get over getting her driver’s license, Appelt focuses on the large and minute dramas of teenage life, giving readers a springboard for their own writing. The 26 poems in the first section are followed by a page about each poem—describing Appelt’s inspiration and techniques, and suggesting starting points for poems about a similar longing. Though most of the poems are free verse, there are a few in standard forms, or which employ some device. There is a villanelle, a sestina, and haiku, as well as a series of acrostics, and a "poem in five acts," with a voice and imagery evocative of Shakespeare, about the two teenagers who are playing Romeo and Juliet in the school play. Occasionally, Appelt’s adult sensibility comes through too strongly (in a poem about what a boy takes with him when he leaves home, in which the nostalgia feels like the mother’s; or in a series of elegies for "those we lost too soon": Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain . . . ; but most of her poems will speak directly to her readers, who will also appreciate her suggestions, and her excellent bibliography of adult books on writing. (Nonfiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805075960
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 641,175
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathi Appelt is the author of many books for young readers. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she teaches writing to both children and adults. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband and their two sons.

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Table of Contents

Poetry Is the Home for All My Yearnings ix
Part 1 Homeroom: The Poems
Homeroom 3
Lost in the Blues 4
The Tattoo Dragon 6
Good Job, Buddy 7
Revelations 14
In the Nurse's Office 15
What He Knew 16
Dreaming in Haiku 17
Homecoming 18
Elegies for Those We Lost Too Soon: Seven Acrostics 20
The Fat Girl 23
Cyberlove 25
Coach's Son 26
Cheers 27
The Research Paper: A Sestina 28
A Circle of Light: A Poem in Five Acts 30
Ms. Dove and Mr. Edgars 35
The Yearbook Photographer 36
Dumpling 37
Notes Passed Back and Forth/in U.S. History Class,/Seventh Period 39
The Driver's License 41
Apply Yourself! 43
What He Took with Him 44
The Science Fair 45
The Twirling Queen of Dogwood, Texas 46
Night Mares 53
Part 2 Study Hall: Writing What We Long for
Homeroom 57
Lost in the Blues 59
The Tattoo Dragon 62
Good Job, Buddy 64
Revelations 66
In the Nurse's Office 68
What He Knew 71
Dreaming in Haiku 72
Homecoming 75
Elegies for Those We Lost Too Soon: Seven Acrostics 77
The Fat Girl 80
Cyberlove 82
Coach's Son 84
Cheers 86
The Research Paper: A Sestina 88
A Circle of Light: A Poem in Five Acts 90
Ms. Dove and Mr. Edgars 92
The Yearbook Photographer 94
Dumpling 96
Notes Passed Back and Forth / in U.S. History Class, / Seventh Period 98
The Driver's License 100
Apply Yourself! 102
What He Took with Him 104
The Science Fair 106
The Twirling Queen of Dogwood, Texas 108
Night Mares 110
Some Helpful Books on Writing Poetry 113
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