Poetry is often one of those things you either love, or love to hate. Personally I am a poetry enthusiast, but I understand that it is often perceived as an unapproachable form of literature. This sense of poetry as being ‘difficult’ is one that unfortunately carries over into teaching. Increasingly, poetry is a form of literature that is disappearing from children’s studies. Often because educators find it difficult to engage students.
For this week’s Book Talk Thursday I’m recommending Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein. This book is the perfect introduction to poetry for students. The poems are of an approachable length and format, with engaging and often whimsical content. Additionally, the drawings help to draw students interest.
Classroom Application: These poems are perfect for studying descriptive language and poetry as a form of literature in general.
Why I love it: Many of the poems in this book range from funny, whimsical, and inspiring.
Quote: One of my personal favourites poems in the book is ‘The Voice’- “no teacher, preacher, parent, friend/ Or wise man can decide/ What’s right for you- just listen to/ The voice that speaks inside”.
Looking for poetry materials to use with your students? Check out my poetry resources here.
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