In our children's room is a book in the "Poet's Workshop" series: Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems by JoAnn Early Macken [J 808.1 MAC].
This slim volume is packed with practical advice for kids and includes plenty of examples. The layout is colorful and bright and invites the reader to pick and choose what pages to read, rather than require that one go through the book sequentially.
A feature of the book are sections within each chapter, which are explained by the author thusly:
Literature Links explore the tools that all types of literature use.
Poetry Pointers explain the parts that are special to poetry.
Thinking Aloud sections include discussion questions, brainstorming tips, graphic organizers, and examples of students' writing.
Now It's Your Turn! gives you tips on how to weite your very own free verse poems.
It's a book worth exploring for children and adults! I particularly liked the Poetry Pointers section that explains enjambment, since it is a term that I've wrestled with for years!
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