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Poetry - From Reading to Writing
A Classroom Guide for Ages 7-11

ISBN 9780415554084
Published December 14, 2009 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

Poetry – From Reading to Writing covers the process of writing poetry, from reading poems through to writing them. It is intended particularly for teachers at key stage 2 level, but other teachers will also find it valuable. It is clearly and accessibly written and jargon-free. In providing a wealth of practical ideas and activities preparing for the writing of poems, the book also stresses the use of talk, improvised drama and the reading and performance of poems. The author, who has published four collections of poetry, uses his own work and the work of others to explore how creative readings of poems can spark a child’s imagination and lead to original writing. Pupils are encouraged throughout the book to explore different forms of poetry, including:

    • Rhyming and non-rhyming poems
    • Riddles
    • Short poems
    • Haiku, tanka, renga
    • Poems from stories
    • Free verse
    • Narrative poems
    • Poems drawing on current affairs and history

This book can be used by both pupils and teachers, and contains motivating tasks and tips to build pupils’ confidence in poetry writing. Explicit links are made throughout to the latest primary framework for literacy, making this an invaluable resource for all practising and trainee teachers who wish to teach poetry in the classroom in a creative and enjoyable way.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Lists  2. Rhymes  3. Poems without rhymes  4. Haiku and related forms  5. Short Poems  6. Free verse and Chinese poems  7. Imagery and sound  8. Poems from stories  9. Riddles and nonsense  10. Poems with voices  11. Praise poems and prayers   12. Narrative poems  13. Poems from history and other places

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Robert Hull’s four published collections of verse include two for children, Stargrazer (Hodder), shortlisted for the Signal prize, and Everest and Chips (OUP), shortlisted for the CLPE prize. He is the author of two much-praised books on teaching, Behind the Poem (Routledge) and The Language Gap (Methuen). He has 30 years’ experience of working in schools as a teacher and running workshops, and has published numerous anthologies of poetry and prose for children.


'I really liked the book. It manages to make writing sound simple and does so without ever being trite. I used several of the starter ideas with a group of very unconfident students who all got writing quickly and were very pleased with their efforts. It enabled them to see how they could work with children. My student felt it had helped her understand a subject that she knew virtually nothing about before. I'll certainly be asking for it to be put on reading lists.' - Liz Smart, Principal Lecturer, University of Chichester, UK