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Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres (Paperback)

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"Poems wake us up, keep us company, and remind us that our world is big and small, And too, poems teach us how to write. Anything." Amy Ludwig VanDerwater explains in Poems Are Teachers.

This is a practical book designed for every classroom teacher. Each lesson exploration includes three poems, one by a contemporary adult poet and two by students in grades 2 through 8, which serve as models to illustrate how poetry teaches writers to:

  • find ideas
  • choose perspective and point of view
  • structure texts
  • play with language
  • craft beginnings and endings
  • choose titles.

Students will learn how to replicate the craft techniques found in poetry to strengthen all writing, from fiction to opinion, from personal narrative to information. "Poets arrange words and phrases just as prose writers do, simply in tighter spaces," Amy argues. "In the tight space of poetry, readers can identify writing techniques after reading one page, not thirty pages."

About the Author

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a former classroom teacher and author of children's books including Forest Has a Song; Every Day Birds; and Read! Read! Read!. She is a graduate of Teachers College and co-author of Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages, a part of the Calkins' Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing series. Connect with Amy at her popular blog, The Poem Farm, at, or on Twitter @amylvpoemfarm.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780325096537
ISBN-10: 0325096538
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2017
Pages: 264
Language: English