Poetry Goes to School

  • Title:Poetry Goes to School: From Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein
  • Author:Bob Barton, David Booth
  • Publication Date:November 2003
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781551381619
  • Publisher:Pembroke

Learn how to create a "culture of poetry" that demonstrates the power of words and strengthens the language lives of children. Poetry Goes to School is a comprehensive resource for teachers who want to fill their classrooms with poetry. The authors have expanded the territory covered in their previous book, Mother Goose Goes to School. In this rich collection, they have gathered and classified a remarkable collection of poetry and teaching strategies into a meaningful, manageable program.

The book is organized around eight inviting units: patterns, word play, nursery rhymes, ceremonies, images, voices, stories, and information. Each unit contains:

  • a description of the genre;
  • inviting lessons and tools for using them in classrooms;
  • sample poems to motivate language discussion;
  • ideas for exploring all forms of poetry with children.

Teachers can select from the wide range of response activities that will involve the children in reading, writing, role-playing and the arts. Assessment techniques for supporting the poetry program complement this inviting resource.


Author Bio

David Booth is Coordinator of Elementary Programs at OISE/University of Toronto. For more than 25 years he has worked with teachers in creating, applying, and evaluating approaches to how children learn to read and write. As a classroom teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer he has delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.

Bob Barton is a graduate of Hamilton Teacher's College and McMaster University and has experience working in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary classrooms as a teacher, language arts consultant, arts coordinator, governments education officer, and lecturer. For the past eighteen years, he's been working as an artist and storyteller in schools with Prologue to the Performing Arts and Learning Through the Arts—Royal Conservatory of Music. He is also an instructor of dramatic arts in continuing education at the University of Toronto. Bob says that he became a teacher because he wanted an opportunity to work in a way that allowed him to be creative. His areas of specialty are storytelling, drama, and poetry. He is the author of several picture books, story collections, nonfiction books, and textbooks.

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