Poet ry plays an important and stimulating role in the writing repertoire of children, but its successful introduction in the classroom is challenging. In Write Me a Poem, Lorraine Wilson shares her enthusiasm, methods, and successful strategies. Children's experience with poetry is usually with rhyming poetry-consequently, when they start to write poetry they frequently sacrifice meaning and sense for rhyme. By exposing children to free verse, many options for self expression are opened to them. Following a sequence of immersion in poetry, of demonstration and modeling, children become comfortable in writing and sharing different types of poetry: poetry which tells a story, poetry which describes, poetry which recounts, poetry which argues a position. They also discover that poetry provides a form for expressing emotions, for using the language of laughter and tears, and for celebrating life.