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  • Annemarie Johnson

Spotlight on Professional Resources: Kids' Poems

Updated: Mar 10


When I was first introduced to the idea of teaching free verse poetry to elementary students, I felt overwhelmed. Teaching form poetry such as haiku, cinquains, rhyming couplets, limericks, etc. felt safe--there was a formula that was easy to follow. But free verse poetry felt wide open and like it had no guiding principles. Then I found Regie Routman's Kids' Poems series:

Kids' Poems: Teaching Kindergartners to Love Writing Poetry

Kids' Poems: Teaching First Graders to Love Writing Poetry

Kids' Poems: Teaching Second Graders to Love Writing Poetry

Kids' Poems: Teaching Third and Fourth Graders to Love Writing Poetry

This series de-mystifies free verse poetry writing by providing simple mini-lessons on poetry crafts such as:

  • repetition


  • figurative language


  • onomatopoeia


  • using white space


In addition to the easy-to-teach mini-lessons, each book features poems written by real elementary-aged children. These were the best mentor texts for my students. I never had a student who was unable to write free verse poetry after experiencing these lessons and poetry always became a favorite genre for many of my students. Check out a few samples from my first and second grade poets:

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