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Awakening the Heart, Second Edition
Teaching Poetry K-8

Georgia Heard's best-selling resource for teaching poetry, now fully updated with new lessons, exercises, and writing prompts that engage today's kids.

Whispering in the Wind
A Guide to Deeper Reading and Writing Through Poetry

Help your students find poetry inspiration

If your students cringe at the word poetry, Whispering in the Wind is for you!

In this book, master educator Linda Rief provides a cure for poetry agony. She introduces “Heart Books,” a project inspired by the Heart Maps of Georgia Heard. Linda has used Heart Books throughout her career to help students read more poetry, connect with it, and see how they, too, could write poetically. She also shows how to easily weave poetry into your already busy schedule.

Sing a Song of Poetry, Grade K, Revised Edition
A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Fluency

This companion to the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System series use poetry to its full advantage to expand children’s oral language capabilities, develop phonological awareness, and teach about the intricacies of print. 

Words That Sing, Grade 1
100 Poetry Charts for Shared Reading
This must-have resource will help teachers expand their collection of texts for shared reading, as well as connect learning across instructional contexts with the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System (PWS).
Words That Sing, Kindergarten
100 Poetry Charts for Shared Reading
Words That Sing is an illustrated collection of poems, songs, and rhymes that will fill children with language, ideas, and imagery, which will help them use and enjoy the oral and written word. Enlarged charts make it possible for children to “read” a much more complex text than they could independently, enabling each child—regardless of reading level—to benefit from the many values and goals that poetry brings to the classroom.
Poems Are Teachers
How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres
“Poetry is our wisest writing teacher.”

Children’s writer and poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater leads us on an adventure through poetry, pointing out craft elements along the way that students can use to improve all their writing, from idea finding to language play.

Naming the World
A Year of Poems and Lessons
Harnessing the power of poetry, Nancie Atwell's Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons empowers adolescents to make sense of their personal place in the world while honing their critical reading and writing skills. Naming the World's 200+ poems and accompanying five-to-ten-minute lessons are used by Nancie every day to jumpstart her reading and writing workshops.
Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades
20 Poems and Activities That Meet the Common Core Standards and Cultivate a Passion for Poetry
Here is the book that takes the fear factor out of poetry and shows you how to use this powerful genre to spark student engagement. Step-by-step detailed lessons show how to investigate 20 contemporary and classic poems from the inside out while addressing the standards.
Climb Inside a Poem
Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year
Nurture a love of poetry in children with Climb Inside a Poem. In this ready-to-go resource, Georgia and Lester demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can support and extend young children's language and literacy development. Through an anthology of original children's poems and related lessons, Georgia and Lester describe how to weave poetry into the fabric of a school day by reading a variety of poems for a variety of purposes.
How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance
Beginning with ideas for encouraging even the most reluctant students to speak clearly and write from the heart, this handbook uses familiar workshop structures to guide young poets toward vibrant completed pieces and an exciting, dynamic delivery.
Practical Poetry
A Nonstandard Approach to Meeting Content-Area Standards
Whether you teach one or several subjects, Practical Poetry includes chapters specially written to show you how to promote content understanding and meaning-making in language arts, math, science, and social studies by taking poems out of the artsy ether and making them functional.
Brave New Voices
The YOUTH SPEAKS Guide to Teaching Spoken Word Poetry
Explore Poetry
For the Good of the Earth and Sun
Teaching Poetry
Georgia’s method of teaching poetry respects the intelligence of students and teachers and builds upon their basic originality. She explores poetry from the inside as it is: a powerful and necessary way of looking at the world.
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