This comprehensive listing and discussion of poetic works supports the standards of all areas of the curriculum, helping librarians and teachers working with kindergarten through middle school students.
Poetry is a natural favorite of children and a wonderful way to enhance learning. Poetry can invite discussion of social issues, including war and peace, race and ethnicity, and the environment. There are poems about health, poems that draw on jazz, and poetic retellings in the form of fables, tales, myths, and legends—each with its own story or lesson.
This second edition of Using Poetry Across the Curriculum: Learning to Love Language offers a comprehensive list of poetry anthologies, poetic picture books, and poetic prose works in a wide variety of subject areas. While it maintains the original edition’s focus on ideas and resource lists for integration of poetry into all areas of the curriculum, it is thoroughly revised to cover current issues in education and the wealth of new poetry books available.
The book is organized by subject areas commonly taught in elementary and middle schools, and, within these, by the national standards in each area. Numerous examples of poetry and poetic prose that can be used to help students understand and appreciate aspects of the standard are listed. A sampling of units that arise from groups of works, writing and performance ideas, and links across the curriculum is also included. While many teaching ideas and topics provide references to the standards they meet, this title is unique in starting with those standards and making links across them.
• Updates from the first edition include new and different poetry and newer authors than the first edition
• Provides numerous lists of anthologies, poems, and poetic prose and meets national standards and areas within those standards
• Offers lists of bilingual works in Spanish and English and lists of poems representing various cultural groups both in the United States and around the world
• Includes teaching ideas, writing activities, and links for crossing the curriculum
• Gathers all of the major national standards into one volume with cross references to make connections across them and comprehensive lists of poetic works for all standards areas
• Both poetry and poetic language references help teachers and librarians focus on language instruction
• Many of the activities are generated by the poems themselves, rather than attempting to force poetry into particular activities
• Encourages the use of poetry as a pleasing language activity rather than as a single "unit" or "week" of the curriculum