Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects
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The Renaissance Thinkers
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Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is the inspiring true story of the ultimate marathon experience! Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director, joined a team in 2018 to attempt the World Marathon Challenge. The first marathon was a desert—but not a desert with lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took$16.95
Real Tales of Missing People
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School Library Journal
“A solid possibility to drive a comprehensive classroom unit on all things poetry.”
“The presentation of some of the most utilized types of poems--found poems, free verse, haiku, limericks, shape poems--as well as literary terms that all teachers routinely teach are easy to follow in this book. In addition, several pages on the history of poems throughout time and the projects that utilize templates are winners all the way around. The projects shared are sensible in approach and would certainly aid younger poets in remembering how certain terms are used or how to put together specific types of poems. The highlighting of authors throughout time and what each is known for brings added value. The glossary of terms is extensive. This book is part of the Explore Your World series and would be a helpful guide for any elementary/middle school teacher looking for additional ways to inspire students love, or at least, interest, in poetry.”
School Library Connection
"Students will have fun learning about the many different forms of poetry in this informational resource. This book leads students through creative writing projects, literary techniques, and constructing their own poetry journals and kits, keeping students actively involved while discovering the magic of poetry. Each chapter holds student interest, making this a nice supplement to the language arts curriculum. This book would be a handy resource for teachers to have available to them in the library. Recommended."
"This addition to the Explore Your World! series of workbooks focuses on both reading and writing poetry, with poems and profiles of famous poets featured throughout. Over five chapters, Diehn describes poetic forms like limerick, haiku, and acrostic; explores literary techniques, such as personification and exaggeration; and finds connections between poetry, music, and math. Projects include creating a poetry journal and writing ideas on rocks to combat writer's block. Stone's cartoons, which star a fox dressed like a Beat poet and a Shakespearean bear, make for a lively layout, while helping target the book at younger readers and poets-to-be."
Ann Turkle, PhD, professor of creative writing
"Explore Poetry! is a veritable bento box of poetic snacks. It provides prompts, projects, definitions, examples, models—all the substance for an enjoyable encounter with poetry-making. Explore Poetry! will give parents, teachers, and young learners the confidence to pursue memorable fun with words and the adventure of poetry."
Peter Money, poet and teacher
"We need all the companions to literature a classroom can carry! The types of poems children will make and speak are everywhere they are. Imagine a vast playground with woods, challenges, games, and treasures. Now imagine the same kind of playground for language: Welcome to Explore Poetry!"
Heather Sellers, PhD, professor of English, University of South Florida
"Fabulously readable. Here are 25 projects that really work. Diehn offers so many layers of learning in this bright, fun, accessible, wonderful text. Highly recommended."
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Detailed Book Description
Poems can be silly, serious, or fun, just like kids! Whether it's the sing-song rhythm of a limerick, the serendipitous magic of a found poem, the deceptive simplicity of a haiku, or the easy familiarity of an acrostic poem, children are charmed by poetry. In Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects children have fun learning about many different forms of poetry while delving into different literary techniques such as personification, metaphor, and alliteration.
Activities include many creative writing exercises designed to reinforce language arts skills, plus art projects that encourage children to visualize concepts and definitions. For those children who learn best while in motion, Explore Poetry! includes activities that involve construction, such as creating a magnetic poetry kit.
Informational and inspiring, Explore Poetry! fits seamlessly into the poetry curriculum of grades 2 to 4 and serves as an enrichment resource all during the school year, especially April, Poetry Month.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Is Poetry?
Forms of Poetry
The Sounds We Hear
Poetry, Music, and Math
Your Brain on Poetry