Spotlight on Professional Resources: Kids’ Poems

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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:

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

 

 

 

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