Stepping Sideways into Poetry Writing - Practical Lessons: Teaching Students the How-to-And the Heart Of-Writing Poetry

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A practicing poet who works in schools shares poetry lessons that ease teachers and students into writing poetry. The fun, friendly exercises include writing riddle poems, fractured fairy tale poems, vegetable-and-me poems, and many others. Each lesson includes a model poem, a warm-up activity, and knock- out ideas for performance and publishing. Line breaks, white space, dramatic monologue, writing from the heart—it’s all covered. For use with Grades 3-6.

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Overview

A practicing poet who works in schools shares poetry lessons that ease teachers and students into writing poetry. The fun, friendly exercises include writing riddle poems, fractured fairy tale poems, vegetable-and-me poems, and many others. Each lesson includes a model poem, a warm-up activity, and knock- out ideas for performance and publishing. Line breaks, white space, dramatic monologue, writing from the heart—it’s all covered. For use with Grades 3-6.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439597302
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Stepping Sideways Into Poetry Writing
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Kathryn Winograd is a poet and teacher in Littleton, Colorado. She has taught poetry, literature, creative writing, and composition at various higher education institutions for 18 years, and she regularly works in elementary and middle schools. She was Recipient of a 1998 Artist Fellowship in Literature for Poetry. Her wide range of publications include poetry, creative nonfiction, and children’s poetry, as well as stories in numerous journals and magazines including The Colorado Review, TriQuarterly, Cricket Magazine, and Mountain Living.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Poem Play: Finding the Words and the Places 13
Puzzle Poetry: Exploring Line Breaks and White Spaces With Found Poems 14
Leaves and Sticks: Working With Specific, Concrete Details and Sensory Language 20
Stones and Owl Hoots: Appreciating the Soul of Haiku 27
Like and As Poems: Exploring Simile and Metaphor 33
Who Am I? A Fresh Look at Riddle Poems 39
A Thousand Words: Writing Poems About Pictures 46
The "Un-Poem": Writing Prose Poems That Play With Sound and Rhythm 51
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Writing List Poems 56
Blue Gills and Red-Tailed Hawks: Using the Names of Things in Nature Poems 60
The Truth of the Matter: Creating Image From Fact in Science-Based Poems 65
Inward Journeys: Helping Students Embrace Poetry Writing as a Means of Self-Expression 71
Questions and Answers: Discovering the Elasticity of Language I 72
The Collage Poem: Discovering the Elasticity of Language II 78
Paring Knives and Freckled Hands: Exploring the Metaphorical Weight of Words 82
Bush Souls and Animals R Us: Poems That Involve Personification and Metaphor 88
Fairy Tales Aloud: Exploring Voice With the Dramatic Monologue 94
The Vegetable and Me: Discovering the Self Through Extended Metaphor 100
Operating Instructions: Discovering Voice and Audience With How-to Poems 107
Needle Moons and Jelly Fish: Introducing the Elements of the Formal Poem 113
Outward Bound: Revision Ideas and Poetry Resources
The Art of Revision: Celebrating-and Articulating-What's Working 118
The Poem Cool Down: Checklist for Revision 124
What Makes a Poem? Some Techniques to Try As You Write Your Poem 125
On the Icebox: Display and Performance Ideas 126
Peer-Review Checklists 128
Anchoring Poetry Into the Curriculum: Meeting the Standards for English Language Arts 136
Books for Teachers 139
Poetry Collections to Share With Students 140
Poetry Resources on the Internet 141
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