Welcome to Poetryland: Teaching Poetry Writing to Young Children

Welcome to Poetryland: Teaching Poetry Writing to Young Children

by Shelley Savren


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Welcome to Poetryland: Teaching Poetry Writing to Young Children draws from Shelley Savren’s forty years of teaching poetry writing in grades pre-K–6 and to focus populations, including gifted and special education students, students in after school programs and at art museums, and homeless, abused, or neglected students.

Each chapter begins with a student quote and an original poem, followed by heartfelt stories of working with that particular group, and concludes with lesson plans, complete with introductions of poetic concepts, model poems by professionals, open-ended writing assignments, methods for sharing and critiquing, and one or two student poems. Designed for use in a classroom, this book features thirty-eight lesson plans and twenty-three additional poetry-writing workshop ideas. It provides guidance and inspiration for anyone who wants to teach poetry writing to children.

“I wish Shelley would teach the whole world poetry.” –1st grade student.

“I want to be a poetry writer when I grow up.” –2nd grade student.

“What I found out about myself was that I have an imagination. And a good one.” –6th grade student.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475825237
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Shelley Savren is the author of two poetry books, The Common Fire (Red Hen Press 2004) and The Wild Shine of Oranges (Tebot Bach Press 2013), and The Form of Things Unknown: Teaching Poetry Writing to Teens and Adults (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). She is an English professor emeritus at Oxnard College and has been teaching poetry writing to young children for the past forty years. Visit her at www.shelleysavren.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Imagine a Purple Elephant – Teaching Grades pre-K through 5th
Chapter 2: Magic Poetry Pencils and Mistake Stickers – “Special Needs” Students
Chapter 3: The Craft of Poetry: Gifted, Seminar and Pull-out Programs
Chapter 4: Poetry Outside the Classroom
Chapter 5: Poetry in the Face of Art: Writing in an Art Museum
Chapter 6: Home Is Where You Sleep at Night: Homeless, Abused and Neglected
Appendix: Additional Exercise Ideas
About the Author

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