Poems Are Teachers

  • Title:Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres
  • Author:Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  • Publication Date:October 2017
  • Grade Level:2-8
  • ISBN:9780325096537
  • Publisher:Heinemann

This is a practical book designed for every classroom teacher. Each lesson exploration includes three poems, one by a contemporary adult poet and two by students in grades 2 through 8, which serve as models to illustrate how poetry teaches writers to:

  • find ideas
  • choose perspective and point of view
  • structure texts
  • play with language
  • craft beginnings and endings
  • choose titles

Students will learn how to replicate the craft techniques found in poetry to strengthen all writing, from fiction to opinion, from personal narrative to information. “Poets arrange words and phrases just as prose writers do, simply in tighter spaces,” Amy argues. “In the tight space of poetry, readers can identify writing techniques after reading one page, not thirty pages.”

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