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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
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Language Arts for Homeschoolers

The Homeschool Diner's
Favorite Poetry Resources

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006

Favorite collections, texts, study guides, and other resources
for introducing children to poetry

A Turn for the Verse by Bruce Van Patter -- why is poetry important
for children?

Don't forget that's it's valuable to read poetry "just for fun"!   We don't
need to analyze or answer comprehension questions about every poem
we read. ;-)  Here is a fun poem along these lines, called
to Poetry by Billy Collins.

Free Online Resources

Poetry Archive -- free online audio clips of poets reading their poetry

Haiku Garden -- children's poems with illustrations (great inspiration!),
submitted from the US, UK, Auatralia, and Japan

Poetry 180 -- a list of poems aimed at high school aged students,
intented to be read aloud, one each day, from the Library of Congress

In the Moonlight a Worm -- an online introduction to Haiku poems, with
lesson plans

Shmoop Poetry -- "...lovingly made by experts and educators from
Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, and other top universities..." includes poetry
resources and study guides. Also check out their learning guides for
literature, civics and biographies.  All free :-)

Classic Love and Romance Poems -- an online collection

Top 100 Love Songs for Weddings -- lists of songs with poetic lyrics

An Interactive Poetry Finder -- choose the type of poetry and this site
from ETTC will find a fill-in-the-blank form to make that kind of poetry -- science fiction haiku website with examples, also an
online group to share poems, also visit: Todd Hoff's
Scifaiku Peotry,
* these aren't children's websites -- please pre-read for appropriateness*

Shape Poem Maker by Read Write and Think -- free online poem
activity, choose a topic, add your poem, then print it out to share

Shape-Book Patterns -- dozens of boldly outlined printable shapes,  
choose with or without guide lines, great for descriptions, listing nouns or
other parts of speech, or poems, free  

Magnetic Poetry Online -- play with poetry sets on a virtual fridge

Poetry4Kids -- author Ken Nesbit shares his children's poetry, also has
games, contests, and an online rhyming dictionary  

GigglePoetry -- fun poems to read, directions for writing various types

Kid's Earth Poems -- a collection of poems and art, very inspirational

Poem Hunter -- search for a particular poem by title, poet, or keyword

PIZZAZ! -- zippy and zaney ideas for writing poems and stories

Kalliope Poetics -- a free poetry writing lab, members communicate thru
an e-mail group,  several poetry exercises also available at the website

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) -- take the challenge!  
write a poem everyday in April!  Here are 30 interesting
writing prompts
you could use.

Curriculum, Study Guides, and Other Resources

The American Academy of Poets - maintains biographies of famous
poets, listed alphabetically, also search by name of poem

Easy Poetry Lessons that Dazzle and Delight by David L. Harrison
-- (grades 3 - 6) 50 "mini-lessons" introduce the basic elements of poetry
(such as rhyme, rhythm, couplets, stanzas, assonance, metaphor, and
imagery) and introduce a variety of poem types, including limericks,
concrete poems, poems for two voices, etc., a single poem is given as an
example of each topic covered

The Poetics Program by Michael Clay Thompson --
Music of the Hemispheres
Building Poems
World Of Poetry
Poetry and Humanity
Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Beauty
Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth

(grades 3 - 12)  This series provides an excellent study of the elements,
mechanics, imagery, beauty, and higher meaning of poetry.  The earlier
books focus on understanding how a poet's choice of words helps create
the imagery and flow of a poem, and foster an appreciation for the
mechanics of poetry.  Each successive book takes a deeper look at the
elements of poetry, and explores the ideas of poets on a higher plane.

This series can be started as early as 3rd grade and as late as 7th,
depending on the abilities of the student, and the amount of previous
exposure to poetry.  Typical students will probably appreciate the first
book in grades 4 - 6, and the higher level books in high school.   

Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry by Thomas
R. Arp and Greg Johnson -- a serious look at the different forms of
poetry, used for high school AP Literature and Composition classes

American Literature: Poetry from Total Language Plus -- a Christian
curriculum module covering 30 American poets, geared to grades 11 and
12, includes lesson plans for three levels: Advanced placement, regular
high school, and overview.  

Writing Poems -- (4th - 8th) walks students thru the process of creating
various types of poems, each new type includes examples, fill-in the
blank warm-ups, and space to write original poems

Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph
Fletcher -- focuses on writing poetry, encourages appreciating the
emotion, image, and music of poems (for middle school and up)  

Rose Where Did You Get That Red?  by Kenneth Koch -- great for
inspiring children of all ages to enjoy and write poetry, here is an
excerpt on -- author of "Where the Sidewalk Ends", "A Light
in the Attic", "Falling UP", and many others, this website has a list of his
books, a few games, a study guide for "Where the Sidewalk Ends",  and
a National Poetry Day kit which includes tips on teaching poetry to kids

Books, Collections, and other Poetry Resources

Absolute Shakespeare -- free online text of his plays, sonnets, poems,  
plus quotes, histories and biographies --  

James Whitcomb Riley -- free online text, includes poems for children
and more formal poems for adults, many written in early 20th C dialect

A Children's Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll -- a nice
collection of classic and children's poetry, comes with a CD of actors
reading the poems while children read along!

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B.
Janeczko -- fun examples of the various forms of poems (grades 3 +)

Online Books Page -- a searchable listing of free online books

The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems by
Donald Hall -- a nice mixture of classic and contemporary poems in many
styles for all ages, 75 poems

Poets of the Great War -- free online collection of WWI poets from BYU

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle... and Other Modern
Verse  by Stephen Dunning -- a collection of 114 contemporary poems
chosen to appeal to young people (around grade 6 and up), some fun,
some "deep", all excellent

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex -- humorous and zany
children's poetry about monsters -- online magazine of the Society of American Poets
(back to)
"The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good
poetical words is to mean what they do not say." – G.K. Chesterton

"Poetry is not a code to be broken
but a way of seeing with the eyes shut"--Linda Pastan