A Garden of Poets: Poetry Writing in the Elementary Classroom

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National Council of Teachers of English, 1999 - Poetry - 135 pages
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Written for elementary school teachers who want to help their students delve into poetry, this book grows out of a comparison between gardening and writing poetry. Students at the alternative school founded by the book's author work and play on a plot of land near the school; inside, they work and play with words and imagery. Many examples of illustrated student poems as well as poetry by well-known writers fill the book. Mini-lessons in the book offer ways to stretch students' knowledge and mastery of more advanced poetry-writing techniques. It also provides lessons on getting ideas for poems, what to do with line breaks, how to encourage showing rather than telling in a poem, and how to say something in a new way. Also helpful are the book's bibliographies suggesting General Children's Poetry Books, Bilingual/Multicultural Poetry Books for Children, Music for Inspiring Poetry Writing, and Poetry for Grown-up Readers. The book's 9 chapters are: (1) Clearing the Land; (2) A Watchful Gardener; (3) A Safe Place To Grow; (4) Not a Day without Mud; (5) Befriending the Geckos; (6) Voices from the Earth; (7) A Swarm of Bees; (8) Under the Palo Verde Tree; and (9) In Honor of the Butterfly. Contains 21 references. (SR)

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Chapter One Clearing the Land
Chapter Three A Safe Place to Grow
Chapter Four Not a Day without Mud
Chapter Five Befriending the Geckos
Chapter Six Voices from the Earth
Chapter Seven A Swarm of Bees
Chapter Nine In Honor of the Butterfly

About the author (1999)

Mary Glover completed her Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Arizona State University in 1988. Seeking an alternative education for her two young daughters, she co-founded Awakening Seed School in Tempe, Arizona in 1977 where she is currently the director and fourth/fifth grade teacher. Mary has taught preschool through fifth grade during her 24 years as a teacher. In addition to her work as a teacher and administrator, she is a poet and an artist.

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