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Poetry Friday: Karen Hesse

In the audio clip below, author Karen Hesse reads from her Newbery-winning novel Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997), which is written as a poetry cycle. Hesse shares a poem that describes a rare rain during the time of the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. This is an excellent audio resource to demonstrate the creative […]

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Poetry Friday: Shapes & secret messages

In her book Diamond Willow (FSG, 2008), Helen Frost arranges the text of her poems into shapes that relate to the book’s theme. Frost also bolds the text of certain words so there is a hidden message, or poem-within-the poem, for each poem. Imagine sharing the following audio clip of Helen Frost reading and speaking […]

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Poetry Friday: Angela Johnson

Some poems in Angela Johnson’s book The Other Side: Shorter Poems (Scholastic 1998) were written when she was a teen, and others when she was older. It’s inspiring that poems written during Johnson’s teenage years were eventually published and recognized with the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award. After listening to this audio clip of Johnson […]

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Poetry Friday: Robert Frost

Robert Frost performs his poem “Birches” in this audio clip. I enjoyed hearing how this famous poet’s voice actually sounds as well as how Frost chooses to pace his poem. Wouldn’t this be interesting audio to share and discuss with students? “Birches” includes excellent nature and seasonal imagery and many memorable, descriptive excerpts.  I also […]

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Poetry Friday: Illustrating Poetry

This week I’m considering an audio-visual approach to poetry. Listen to illustrator R. Gregory Christie discuss how he approached the creative task of illustrating children’s poems in The Palm of My Heart (Lee and Low, 1996). Next, have students illustrate a poem of their own or a poem by their favorite poet. Poetry can evoke […]

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Poetry Friday: Naomi Shihab Nye

In anticipation of springtime and change, listen to poet Naomi Shihab Nye perform her poem “The Frogs Did Not Forget” from her book Honeybee (HarperCollins, 2008). Listen to Naomi Shihab Nye perform “The Frogs Did Not Forget.” A favorite excerpt: pleasure poking its throaty resonance back into my brain Which poems or poets are heralds […]

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Poetry Friday: Margarita Engle

In this audio clip, author Margarita Engle shares the backstory for her 2009 Newbery Honor book and 2009 Pura Belpré-winning book, The Surrender Tree: Poem’s of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt, 2008). Learn about the life of the character, Rosa, a freed slave and a healer in Engle’s book of free verse poems. Listen […]

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Poetry Friday: Jon Scieszka

In this audio clip, Jon Scieszka playfully reads selected poems from his book Science Verse (Penguin, 2004). I enjoy his chuckles after each poem, and I love how he incorporates both humor and poetry into the curricular area of science. Listen to Jon Scieszka read multiple short poems from his book Science Verse. Enjoy! Here’s a […]

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Poetry Friday: Poetry 2.0 & Langston Hughes

Here at TeachingBooks.net, we think a lot about the wonderful ways that technology, the Internet, and Web 2.0 can enhance student and teacher enjoyment of poetry and poets (and books and authors in general). There are excellent web tools and strategies for using technology to help connect with the work of deceased poets and to […]

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Poetry Friday: Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes’ book Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (Orchard, 2002) is the biography, written in 20 voices, of the first African American licensed female pilot. Listen to Nikki Grimes share more about Elizabeth Coleman and read a poem from the book. Enjoy! A favorite line from this poem: I haven’t made up […]

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