Tag Archives: Poetry

Tune in to Your Heart Map Playlist

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The following essay by Penny Kittle appears in Georgia Heard’s newest book, Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing.


Tune in to Your Heart Map Playlist

By Penny Kittle

Music unlocks memories.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major puts me at the back of a church on a snowy December Saturday, trembling as I hold my father’s hand. He pats my arm and says, “Easy now,” as we start toward the altar.

When a song I once labored to learn on my guitar comes on the radio it transports me to Oregon State’s campus, and I see a swirl of fall color as I walk from class with my black guitar case bumping my leg in a bouncing rhythm. I’m twenty again and the year suddenly returns to me in images, feelings, and songs.

Our hearts hold hidden playlists.

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Heart Maps: What Matters

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The following essay by Nancie Atwell appears in Georgia Heard’s newest book, Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing.


What Matters

By Nancie Atwell

Like most of the poems Carl wrote in eighth grade, “The Bowl” was prompted by a posting on his heart map. Between Hans’s paws and potato picking techniques, using just enough words to capture the memory, he’d written breaking the red bowl. When he fleshed out the phrase, it became a poem about family, heritage, love, and regret.

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The Heinemann Fellows: Amy Clark On Choice As Trust

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Amy Greenbaum Clark is a Heinemann Fellow with the 2014–2016 class, and has been an educator for 15 years. In today's post, Amy provides an update on her action research project, which asks, "In what ways does the study and composition of poetry impact other modes of student writing; in particular, narrative and scholarly essay writing?"

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Writing Masters: Using Mentor Texts With Young Writers

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With classroom-tested tips from our Curricular Resources authors on how to improve your teaching of writing at any grade level, each Writing Masters installment will share author insights and practical suggestions on teaching writing in the classroom that you can use the very next day. This week in the Writing Master series, Ralph Fletcher asks, "When is a mentor text helpful to a student and when is it an anchor that weighs that student down?"

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Celebrate Poetry Month All Year Long With These Resources

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We need poetry. We really do. Let's face it. Poetry promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It can cross boundaries that little else can. Poetry is an essential part of language and expression. Reading and writing poetry can support and extend young children's language and literacy development. Poetry can connect students to one another and the world around them. Whether you are looking to use poetry to teach the essential tools of writing, or if you want to learn how to use this powerful genre to spark student engagement, or you just need to help your students prepare for the CCSS, our authors can help guide you on your path, Heinemann has books and resources that can help you.

Save 30% off the list price of these poetry books and resources during the month of April and help your students get to the heart of what reading and writing poetry is all about every day. Use coupon code POET15.


Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons
by Nancie Atwell


Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
by Georgia Heard


For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry
by Georgia Heard


Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year
by Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack


Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades (eBook)
by Paul Janeczko


Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades CCSS Exemplar Poems and Lessons (eBook)
by Paul Janeczko


Outspoken! How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance
by Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook


Practical Poetry: A Nonstandard Approach to Meeting Content-Area Standards
by Sara Holbrook


Explore Poetry
by Donald Graves