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Connect Poetry and the TEKS & STAAR
The Poetry Friday Anthology offers a set of 36 poems for teaching poetry at each grade level, K-5 (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year). Drawing on decades of experience in classrooms all over the world as well as volumes of academic research and writing, this book presents activities that are poem-specific, skill-based, developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem—and that connect to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and STAAR standards for English Language Arts (poetry instruction).
Much like "Casual Friday" in the corporate world, there is a perception in the world of literature that on Fridays we should relax a bit and take a moment for something special.
The Poetry Friday Anthology brings the Poetry Friday concept into the classroom or library and makes it easy to take five minutes every Friday (or any day) to share a poem. Explore a poem, connect it with children's lives, and capitalize on a teachable moment. Pausing to share a poem—and reinforce a language skill—on Poetry Friday is a simple and effective way to infuse poetry into your current teaching practice or routine.
NOTE: This is the K-5 Texas TEKS edition; there is also a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) edition as well as middle school versions coming soon.
The Poetry Friday Anthology provides support for educators and parents who might be unfamiliar with today's poetry for young people and might need guidance in how to begin.
Infuse poem-sharing throughout the day and throughout the curriculum. And don't be surprised if it's a wonderful poem moment that students remember most vividly at the end of the school year!
218 Poems by 75 Poets:
For each poem you share, we suggest another poem from the book that is related in some way. Of course you can feel free to share any and all of the poems with students at any time, in any order, and in any way. The 218 poems in this book represent the work of 75 of the best children's poets who are writing today.
Those poets are: Joy Acey, Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Kathi Appelt, Jeannine Atkins, Brod Bagert, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Taylor Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Jen Bryant, Leslie Bulion, Stephanie Calmenson, Deborah Chandra, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Graham Denton, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Margarita Engle, Betsy Franco, Carole Gerber, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, John Grandits, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Monica Gunning, Mary Lee Hahn, Avis Harley, David L. Harrison, Terry Webb Harshman, Juanita Havill, Georgia Heard, Esther Hershenhorn, Sara Holbrook, Carol-Ann Hoyte, Patricia Hubbell, Jacqueline Jules, Bobbi Katz , X. J. Kennedy, Michele Krueger, Julie Larios, Irene Latham, JonArno Lawson, Gail Carson Levine, Constance Levy, Debbie Levy, J. Patrick Lewis, George Ella Lyon, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Heidi Mordhorst, Kenn Nesbitt, Lesléa Newman, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Greg Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Quattlebaum, Heidi Bee Roemer, Michael J. Rosen, Deborah Ruddell, Laura Purdie Salas, Michael Salinger, Ken Slesarik, Eileen Spinelli, Susan Marie Swanson, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Lee Wardlaw, Charles Waters, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, Steven Withrow, Allan Wolf, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.
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About the Authors
SYLVIA VARDELL is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University and has taught graduate courses in children's and young adult literature at various universities since 1981. Vardell has published extensively, including five books on literature for children, as well as over 20 book chapters and 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren, since 2006. She is also the regular "Everyday Poetry" columnist for ALA's Book Links magazine.
Sylvia Vardell's other professional books include: Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children (2012) and The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists (2012).
Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and former lawyer who switched careers and became a children's poet. Her dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN's Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision (You Have to Write), creative recycling (The Dumpster Diver), diversity and community (Apple Pie 4th of July), cheating on tests (Me and Rolly Maloo), and chess (Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club).
Janet Wong's collections of original poetry for children include: Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year (2012) and Good Luck Gold (1994).
Their collaborations include The PoetryTagTime Trio: PoetryTagTime (poems for K-5), P*TAG (poems for teens), and Gift Tag (holiday poems for K-8). Find more information about those books at PoetryTagTime.com or PomeloBooks.com.
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