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Conversations With a Poet:
Inviting Poetry into K-12 Classrooms

by Betsy Franco

2005 pb  160 pages
Item # 546 
ISBN 1-57274-740-4


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                                            Read Chapters 7, 20

Written by a practiced poet and author of many books for children and adults, this book explores how to write, read, and teach sixteen poetry forms. Part I of the book offers a thoughtful, easy-to-read view of how to teach poetry.  For each poetry form, Part II includes: a brief history, characteristics of the form, everyday parallels, several original sample poems, demonstrations for writing it, and an extensive bibliography. The author links poetry to state standards in an engaging way for teachers and their students.

Read What Reading rocketsŪ has to say about this book

 I was inspired to write an acrostic poem
    about this new book after reading it.
        Peering into the mind
        Of a poet.
        Experimenting and
        Teaching with a plethora of poetry forms.
        Reading and writing for real purposes.
        You'll find the positive power of poetry!

       Debbie Diller, Houston, Texas
       Educational Consultant and
       Author of Literacy Work Stations and Practice with Purpose


Author Bio:
Betsy Franco, poet and former teacher, is the author of over fifty books, including children's picture books and poetry collections (Mathematickles! and Counting Our Way to the 100th Day!). She also anthologizes teenage writing ( You Hear Me, poems and writing by teenage boys; Things I have to Tell You, poems and writing by teenage girls) and writes professional books for the classroom. She and her husband line in Palo Alto, California.