BOOK REVIEW: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play (New York: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, 32 pp., $16.99) This small collection of poems by veteran children's author Marilyn Singer, to say the least, is an excellent thing. See: Each of the eighteen poems brings to life some aspect of play that takes place…
FREE Author's Craft Cheat Sheet and Poetry Stop & Jot Sheet
I created this handy reference sheet of Author's Craft terms and examples. Not only do I access it daily, but I give it to students to use as a reference as well. I even send it home and let the students explain it to their parents. Students can use the Author's Craft Cheat Sheet with Poetry Stop ...
Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method
Learn about the SIFT Method of analyzing literature. Middle School English teachers have found this a valuable tool to help students analyze literature and poems. SIFT stands for Symbolism, Imagery, Figurative Language, Tone and Theme.
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The Base Stealer by Robert Francis on Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac presents The Base Stealer, a baseball poem so well written that it is simply classic poetry.
Credits: This week I'm hoppin' around with some other fun literacy bloggers. We are joining up to bring you some ideas for poetry fun. Although April is National Poetry Month, you know how I feel. Poetry should not be a "month long spring fling" as Lori Ockzus and Timothy Rasinski stated so perfectly in their recent preview article for their ILA co-session, Five Ideas That Work: Positively Poetry. Poetry should be read, written, practiced and enjoyed year-round, even daily. For my…