The Jumping Off Point: Using Favorite Poetry to Teach the Writing of Poetry to Children

Kenneth Koch says that the usual criteria for choosing poems to teach children are mistaken, if one wants poetry to be more than a singsong sort of Muzak in the background of their elementary education. This demonstration focuses on using the poetry of great authors such as Dickinson, Poe, Sandburg, Angelou and others as a jumping off point for the teaching of poetry writing.

Standards: 

Writing Strand 1, Concepts 1-5; Strand 2, Concept 4; Strand 3, Concept 1

Year: 

2008