For the love of Poetry

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 9.52.42 AMI have been reading one of my Christmas books and find myself having to read the poems aloud. The sound of words that fit together well is like music. I am reminded of the value of poetry and the beauty of words. BUT do we share poems with our students and do we encourage them to use this form of self expression?

I have always believed that the best starting place to encourage students to write poetry is to understand that, ‘ poetry is the best words in the best order about something important. ‘ I start by encouraging students to write an expressive sentence onto a sentence strip and then cut it up and rearrange the words to create an interesting effect and then you have a poem! Let’s make 2014 the year we teach poetry. If you need inspiration go to our Pinterest poetry page and be amazed.