Poetry Experience, The

  • Title:Poetry Experience, The: Choosing and Using Poetry in the Classroom
  • Author:Sheree Fitch, Larry Swartz
  • Publication Date:February 2008
  • Grade Level:1-12
  • ISBN:9781551382234
  • Publisher:Pembroke

This playful 32-page flip book explores all aspects of poetry — from guidelines and an overview of poetic forms to the Top Ten lists of various poetry favorites. Handy reproducible masters are also provided which include a poetry timetable, ten questions to ask about any poem, an observation checklist for teachers, and a personal poetry inventory for students.

Created by two remarkable poets and educators, The Poetry Experience brings their infectious style to a topic that is often challenging for students and teachers alike. From questions and short activities to full classroom events, this engaging book focuses on both reading and writing poetry, and on experiencing poetry both on the page and read aloud. Extensive lists of poets and books ensure that every reader will find personal favorites to celebrate.


Author Bio

Larry Swartz, a native of Toronto, holds degrees from York University and the University of Toronto, where he earned his master and doctor of education degrees. He has been a classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and drama consultant for twenty-five years in the Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario.He is currently an instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and principal of continuing education courses and dramatic arts at OISE.

Sheree Fitch is a writer, speaker, educator and author of books in many genres and for all ages. From board books for babies (Kisses Kisses Baby-O!) to award-winning picture books (Sleeping Dragons All Around, Mabel Murple) to young adult fiction (The Gravesavers, Pluto's Ghost) as well as poetry and fiction for adults, Sheree has been a published writer for almost twenty-five years. Awards for her writing include the Mr. Christie Book Award, the Anne Connor Brimer Award, the Hackmatack, the Silver Birch, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspiring to children. She has studied yoga and core fitness programs and is an avid outdoor fresh-air enthusiast.

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