ERIC Number: ED427341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
A Garden of Poets: Poetry Writing in the Elementary Classroom.
Glover, Mary Kenner
Written for elementary school teachers who want to help their students delve into poetry, this book grows out of a comparison between gardening and writing poetry. Students at the alternative school founded by the book's author work and play on a plot of land near the school; inside, they work and play with words and imagery. Many examples of illustrated student poems as well as poetry by well-known writers fill the book. Mini-lessons in the book offer ways to stretch students' knowledge and mastery of more advanced poetry-writing techniques. It also provides lessons on getting ideas for poems, what to do with line breaks, how to encourage showing rather than telling in a poem, and how to say something in a new way. Also helpful are the book's bibliographies suggesting General Children's Poetry Books, Bilingual/Multicultural Poetry Books for Children, Music for Inspiring Poetry Writing, and Poetry for Grown-up Readers. The book's 9 chapters are: (1) Clearing the Land; (2) A Watchful Gardener; (3) A Safe Place To Grow; (4) Not a Day without Mud; (5) Befriending the Geckos; (6) Voices from the Earth; (7) A Swarm of Bees; (8) Under the Palo Verde Tree; and (9) In Honor of the Butterfly. Contains 21 references. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Elementary Education, Gardening, Gardens, Language Arts, Poetry, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: "Foreword by Donald M. Murray."