Media Inventory

A poetry resource list created as a class project for developing this section of the collection.

Media Inventory
Media Category Title Topic Grade

Print (Book) Berry, J., ed. (2002). Around the world in eighty poems. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Poetry Elementary This illustrated anthology contains a diverse collection of poems from more than fifty countries around the world.  Many poems include cultural language or other references that allow this book to serve as a cultural exploration as well as an examination of many different types of poetry.

Print (Book) Cleary, B. P. (2009). Skin like milk, hair of silk. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press. Poetry Elementary Part of the Words are Categorical series, this colorful,  humorous picture book explains and illustrates similes and metaphors in rhyme.  A great introduction to figurative language for young students.

Print (Book) Corbett, P. (2006). Poem-maker, word-shaker. North Mankato, Minnesota: Chrysalis Education. Poetry Elementary Also part of the Start Writing Poetry series, this installment focuses more on wordplay than on form.  Each page highlights a poem that uses a specific technique or idea, and then discusses it in simple language.  The rest of each spread contains more ideas for writing poems similar to the model.

Print (Book) Corbett, P. (2006). Stuff and Nonsense. North Mankato, Minnesota: Chrysalis Education. Poetry Elementary Part of the Start Writing Poetry series, each page of this book highlights a different poetic form with a featured poem.  The other half of each spread discusses the form in simple language and gives guidance and extra tips and ideas for children to create their own poem in the form.

Print (Book) Creech, S. (2001). Love that dog. New York: HarperCollins. Poetry Elementary Told in verse from the perspective of young Jack, who hates poetry, this book explores the process of becoming a poet.  Although the book itself is a novel, it contains several excellent model poems as well as modeling Jack's development as a poet.  An excellent read-aloud, discussion piece and poetic springboard to use in a poetry unit.

Print (Book) Fletcher, R. (2002). Poetry Matters. New York: HarperCollins. Poetry Elementary Directed toward aspiring young writers, this book explores the process of writing poetry from inspiration to publication. It includes chapters on brainstorming, form, wordsmithing and building a poem, along with interviews with several noted poets who write for young readers. Part of a series of books for young writers.

Print (Book) Franco, B. (2008). Graphic organizers for teaching poetry writing: 20 graphic organizers with model poems and lessons that support children as they write different forms of poetry. New York: Scholastic.

Poetry Elementary This workbook-style resource contains a series of lessons on several different poetic forms.  Each lesson includes a model poem, lesson instructions and a reproducible graphic organizer for student use.
Print (Book) Freese, S., ed. (2008). Fireworks to fruitcake: Reading, writing and reciting poems about holidays. Edina, Minnesota: ABDO Publishing Poetry Elementary Part of a series of poetry books for young readers, this installment highlights poems about holidays, including poems written by children.  Poems are selected to encourage independent reading; however, each page also contains information about poetic devices or other features seen in the poem.  Most pages contain tips for brainstorming poems of one's own, and the back also contains several ideas for children interested in learning to write poetry.

Print (Book) Grandits, J. (2004). Technically, it's not my fault: Concrete poems. New York: Clarion Books. Poetry Elementary Written in the voice of young Robert, this book uses a series of concrete poems to share his views on life.  Grandits has pushed the form to all sorts of extremes, providing numerous examples of the ways in which concrete poetry can be used to create pictures and designs to help convey meaning -- an excellent resource to help launch children into this genre and form.

Print (Book) Holbrook, S. (2002). Wham! It's a poetry jam: Discovering performance poetry. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press. Poetry Elementary This book is a resource for any teacher wanting to host a poetry jam or teach students how to perform poetry effectively.  Holbrook addresses several elements of performance including vocalization, emotion, and movement.

Computer Multimedia (Online Game) Houghton Mifflin. (2006). "Wizards and pigs: Poetry pickle." Game goo: Learning that sticks. Poetry Elementary Part of a larger Web site full of educational games on different subjects, this game features a young wizard who must vanquish goblins in a maze and collect their magic keys.  The goblins spout poetic curses that must be countered using potions of the same poetic device.

Print (Book) Janeczko, P. B. (2000). Teaching 10 fabulous forms of poetry: Great lessons, brainstorming sheets, and organizers for writing haiku, limericks, cinquains, and other kinds of poetry kids love. New York: Scholastic.

Poetry Elementary This book covers ten popular poetic forms in lesson plans designed to implement in the classroom.  Lessons include thoughts from the author/poet, along with scaffolded sets of mini-lessons and reproducibles.
Print (Book) Kennedy, X. J. (1999). Knock at a star: A child's introduction to poetry. New York, Little, Brown Books Poetry Elementary This anthology of poems is designed for children to read, but could also be used by a teacher as supplemental material in a poetry unit.  The book takes a child on an exploration of poetry by asking pertinent questions such as "What do poems do?", answering them in simple language, and illustrating the answer with a variety of appropriate poems. The book also explains things a child might not understand in between poems.

Print (Book) Magee, W. (2007). How to write poems: Pin your ideas to the page.Laguna Hills, California: QEB Publishing. Poetry Elementary This book, written at an elementary level, explores all the basic elements of poetry writing.  Each page examines a different facet with discussion, several models, tips and springboards and writing activities.

Visuals (Magnets) Magnetic Poetry: Kids. (2008). RhymeMaker.Magnetic Poetry, Inc. Poetry Elementary This kit contains over 300 word magnets specifically chosen to help kids create rhymes.  This was a Teachers' Pick in 2008, and would be a great independent, small-group or learning center tool.

Multimedia (Web Site) Meadowbrook Press. (2004). Giggle Poetry. Poetry Elementary Linked with, this award-winning site contains a multitude of mini-lessons based on different poetic forms.  It also includes games and word puzzles to strengthen students' descriptive vocabularies, and other resources for students and teachers involved in writing and performing poetry.

Print (Book) Moore, J. E. (1999). Writing poetry with children.Monterey, California: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers. Poetry Elementary This book includes lessons on six well-known poetic forms suck as haiku and cinquain. It contains supplemental materials for each lesson, such as reproducible organizers for students and classroom "How-To" charts, as well as extra activity ideas, poetry prompts, and poetry center ideas.  It is based on the Six Traits model of writing.

Computer Multimedia (Web Site) National Council of Teachers of English/ International Reading Council. (2011). ReadWriteThink. Poetry k-12 Although this Web site is a general resource for teachers, a search for poetry will bring up over 150 different lesson plans, resources and activities for teaching all types of poetry to multiple grade levels.  Some lessons focus on poetic forms or devices, while others examine a particular poet's style.  An extremely useful and high-quality resource for teachers on the go.

Computer Multimedia (Web Site) Nesbitt, K. (2008). Poetry4Kids. Poetry Elementary This poet's Web site includes collections of poems, particularly humorous ones, along with games and lessons for creating poetry. It also includes numerous other resources like podcasts of poetry, a discussion forum and poetry contests for young writers.

Print/ Audio (Book and CD) Paschen, E., ed. (2005). Poetry speaks to children.Napervile, Illinois: Sourcebooks MediaFusion. Poetry Elementary This collection includes almost 100 poems in an illustrated anthology.  It is accompanied by a CD on which many of the original poets read their work.  The anthology contains a mix both classic, well-known poems and poems written specifically for children on a wide variety of subjects.

Print (Book) Prelutsky, J., ed. (2009). Read a rhyme, write a rhyme.New York: Dragonfly Books. Poetry Elementary Edited and annotated by U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky, this collection of elementary level poems includes poem starters in the style of each model poem, as well as lists of rhyming words to help young minds express their ideas freely.

Computer Multimedia (Web Site) Scholastic. (2011). Printables. Poetry Elementary Although full access to this Web site is subscription-based, an extensive amount of resources is still available to anyone who visits.  A search for poetry from the main page will bring up over 300 printable poetry activity sheets and organizers.  Printables are available to print, as .pdf files and can also be enlarged to full screen directly from the Web site for use with SmartBoards.

Computer Multimedia (Web Site) Scholastic. (2011). Writing with writers: Poetry. Scholastic, Inc. Poetry Elementary This page is the entry portal for three on-demand poetry workshops with three noted poets, including the U.S Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky.  Each workshop guides the student through a series of activities to write and publish their own poems.

Print (Book) Sparknotes editors. (2004). The Daily Spark: Poetry. New York: Spark Publishing. Poetry Middle/High school This small book contains approximately 180 poetry prompts and starters to help get students's creativity flowing.  While some may be appropriate for younger students, many prompts will be more useful at a middle or high-school level.

Print (Book) Sweeney, J. (1999). Teaching poetry: Yes, you can!. New York: Scholastic. Poetry Elementary/ Middle This book is a basic teacher's guide to teaching younger students how to write poetry.  Organized by the different devices and features important to poetry, each section contains lesson ideas and activities as well as model poems.