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Her ability to tell a compelling and complex story in compact, rhyming poetry is nothing short of amazing.

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My Homework.? Bruce Lansky's website www. Patrick Lewis is the author of dozens? He was the U.

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Although Robert Munsch is best known as the author of popular children's picture books such as Love You Forever he is also a children's poet. You will find his poems sprinkled throughout his picture books, and plenty of entertaining verse on his website.. Neil' is the pen-name of Australian children's poet Dianne Cook. Her website contains many, many fun poems for kids. The homepage of Eric Ode, a singer, songwriter, and poet for children and families. Stop by to learn about his programs for schools and libraries, check out his schedule for upcoming concerts and events, read a few poems, and take a peek at his CDs and books.

The website of Paul Orshoski, children's author and poet.

Paul's poems have appeared in many magazines and collections of humorous verse. Andrea Perry is the author a several poetry collections and picture books, including? The Snack Smasher. Kids poems by Mark Sage that look at life from a kids point of view.

Funny, irreverent and based on real-life mostly ;. Laugh-a-Lot Poetry? Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie. Ted Scheu, "That Poetry Guy," has put together a terrific website with lots of poems and other fun stuff. His poetry books include,? Someday I'll Be a Teacher ,? I Froze My Mother , and many others.

Joyce Sidman is the author of many? Visit her website for descriptions of her books, as well as lots of useful information for teachers, writers and students. Amy E. Sklansky is the author of From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On , Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans and other books of "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm" for preschoolers and young readers.

A writer and freelance editor of children's books, Ms. Sklansky lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her website to find out more about her books, school visits and more. Eileen Spinelli is the author of dozens of picture books, rhyming stories and collections of poetry for children. Her website includes information about her books, a biography, poem of the month, and lots more. Michael R.

Strickland is the? Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is the award-winning author of? Forest Has a Song and many other books for children. Allan Wolf is a brilliantly talented and insightful poet, and author of many books of verse for children. Janet S. Jacqueline Woodson is the author of?

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Usually about nature, this style from Japan consists of three unrhymed lines. The first and last line contain five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables. These are easy in theory to fill in the syllables, but it can be hard for the students to actually make them meaningful. While the structured style of Cinquains, Acrostic, and Haiku are easier to teach and have students replicate, there is more creativity, choice, and excitement to my mind when you can lead your students to free verse, lyric, or narrative poetry.

Poetry should not be a chore. If kids have to memorize and recite a poem the teacher selects or determine the underlying meaning of a poem according to their teacher's interpretations, poetry ceases to be fun. Like anything else, kids need to explore poetry. They should be exposed to poetry, in many different forms, throughout the year. It should not just be part of a special poetry unit that we then leave completely behind. Poetry is great for transition times or when you finish something with just a few minutes to spare.

Take some chances and try out different effects using different voices, elongating words, singing, shouting, whispering, pausing dramatically, and so on as you read poems aloud. Your voice is a powerful tool: You may change it from louder to softer to only a whisper; you may start at a deep, low pitch and rise to a medium and eventually high pitch; you may speak very quickly in a clipped fashion and then slow down and drawl out the words.

Have students find a poem they love and share with the class. As teachers or parents, we can create lots of opportunities to share poems we like and think our children will like, but kids should have that opportunity as well. Let them read a poem to the class that is special to them. Let kids discover their own meanings in poetry and discuss those meanings without making them conform to an understood critical meaning. Some poems would lend themselves well to having the students act them out. Kids need to discover that poetry can be sweet or silly, short or long, fun, thoughtful, or personal.

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It can have more than one voice. Help them find connections to their lives. Tie poetry in to other areas. You could introduce a Science lesson by reading a related poem. When you are ready for children to create their own poetry, make sure you have introduced them to several different forms and then let children choose a style to create their poem in. Have fun! If you do not enjoy poetry, try some different kinds. Keep looking until you find something you like and then expand upon that. If you yourself are not excited about the poems you are reading, it will show through to the children and they will have little reason to get excited themselves.

The best way to tell if you have a good poetry book is simply to try it out. Read a few poems. Most poems are relatively short and it doesn't take long to read a few. Don't just read the first couple poems, flip to the middle and the back too. Do you like them?