2nd Edition

How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 8-13
Developing Creative Literacy

ISBN 9780415590143
Published March 22, 2011 by Routledge
104 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

USD $63.95

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Book Description

Now in a fully revised and extended second edition, How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 8-13 is a practical and activity based resource of writing workshops to help you teach poetry in the primary classroom. Designed to help build writing, speaking and listening skills, this book contains a wide selection of workshops exemplifying a variety of poetry styles and showing how their unique features can be used to teach key literacy skills. This book includes:

  • redrafting and revising activities;
  • poetry writing frames;
  • traditional and contemporary poems from a range of cultures;
  • poems written by children about their favourite subjects;
  • word games and notes on performing poetry;
  • cross-curricular links;
  • new workshops on performance poetry, wordplay, rhyming and unrhyming poetry senses and narrative poetry;
  • an A-Z Guide to Poetry.

Featuring a wealth of poems and a new bibliography to help you find the perfect poem for a lesson, this book will be of interest to all teachers looking to develop the necessary skills in their pupils to become confident writers of poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Introduction - Writers’ Workshop  A to Z of Poetry  Workshop 1. Licensed to Thrill - performing poetry  Workshop 2. Monday’s Child – rhyming couplets  Workshop 3. The Day the Zoo Escaped – redrafting  Workshop 4. Every Word Counts – awareness of syllables, haiku  Workshop 5. Fin Flapper – kennings  Workshop 6. Waves - shape/concrete poetry  Workshop 7. Further On – wordplay  Workshop 8. Space Rap - performance poetry  Workshop 9. The Robin - rhyming or unrhyming poetry  Workshop 10. Poem Hunt – senses  Workshop 11. I am a Baggy T-Shirt – Metaphor  Workshop 12. The Sound Collector – onomatopoeia  Workshop 13. Nocturnophobia – personification  Workshop 14. Three - levels of meaning  Workshop 15. December - different cultures and voices  Workshop 16. Hubble Bubble - classic and contemporary  Workshop 17. Charge of the Light Brigade - narrative poetry  Workshop 18. The Dead Quire - challenging narrative poetry

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Michaela Morgan is a practising poet, children’s author, writer and former teacher. She runs workshops and courses in the UK and internationally.