Make a Poetry Journal

Make a Poetry Journal

Most poets carry a notebook around with them wherever they go. Why? In case they think of something when they're not at their desk! Inspiration can happen at any moment, and it's a great idea to keep all of your poetry thoughts and drafts in one place.
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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

From The Renaissance Inventors

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.

The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

Can You Guess the Scent?

Can You Guess the Scent?

From The Renaissance Explorers

Many of the world’s most popular spices are grown in India. Can you guess what they are without peeking?



School Library Journal
A solid possibility to drive a comprehensive classroom unit on all things poetry.”

Children's Literature
“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."

Publishers Weekly
"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."

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.

Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Language Arts
Content Focus: Language Arts | Reading & Writing


What Is Poetry?

Chapter 1
Forms of Poetry

Chapter 2
Literary Techniques

Chapter 3
The Sounds We Hear

Chapter 4
Poetry, Music, and Math

Chapter 5
Your Brain on Poetry