Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (CCS)

  • Title:The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (Gr 6-8), Common Core Edition: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Author:Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
  • Publication Date:March 2013
  • Grade Level:6-8
  • ISBN:9781937057787
  • Publisher:Pomelo Books


Middle School Language Arts teachers have been borrowing the K-5 version of The Poetry Friday Anthology ever since it came out last September, but now it’s time to celebrate: we have a Middle School version just for you!


This is the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) version of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS). This book contains 110 poems for Grades 6-8, with popular step-by-step Take 5! poetry lessons for each poem that address CCSS skills and requirements for English Language Arts.


The 110 poems in this book represent the work of 71 of the best poets who are writing for young people, including: Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Prelutsky, Joyce Sidman, J. Patrick Lewis, Marilyn Singer, Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Georgia Heard. Poems cover a wide variety of topics, such as soccer, community service, and visiting a panadería.


A growing number of school districts have adopted The Poetry Friday Anthology to make it easy for teachers to teach poetry. Poetry is the best genre to use with reluctant readers and writers and is found with increasing frequency on standardized tests.


Author Bio

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, Poetry for Children, 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 poetry books for children include: TWIST: Yoga Poems (2002) and Good Luck Gold (1994).


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