Tag Archives: teaching poetry

Translation with Nine Year Olds

I’ve been doing poems using words in Spanish or French with my students for several years, and have been trying to figure out a way to do our own translations. They love working with words in other languages, but it’s … Continue reading

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Sonnets: Shakespeare wrote ’em so why can’t we?

Sonnets are a staple of English-language poetry. They can also be intimidating to introduce to children, because of their density and formality and because lots of the best ones were written a long time ago. However, I’ve been teaching them … Continue reading

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Teaching Great Poetry to Children: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins is pretty much my favorite poet. That’s kind of a silly thing to say, since having a favorite poet is like having a favorite food, and how could I choose between ice-cream and fresh blueberries and the … Continue reading

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The Busy City: Playing with Noise in Poetry

¬†I want to share something really cool that formed in class today. We had been talking¬†about noises in poems — noisy things, words we liked the sound of, onomatopoeia — and decided to write a group poem about a crazy, … Continue reading

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