I’m pleased as punch to announce a new poetry collaboration with my amazing poet colleague, Janet Wong. It’s The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (grades 6-8), officially available today! (The purple version on the right features the Common Core poetry standards and the red version on the left features the TEKS standards in Texas.) We’re so proud to showcase 110 never-before-published poems by 71 of the best poets writing for tweens and teens today. You’ll find heaps of information at our book blog here including links to ALL the poets in the book and details on our book giveaway contest! What? A free book?! YES! Want the book now? Details here.
- make poem Wordles, slide shows, and “poem movies,”
- pose in poetry tableaux,
- create a poem glog,
- text and tweet favorite poem lines,
- sketch Pictionary-style poem drawings,
- grab a designated poetry prop,
- create a quick graphic “novel” rendering of the poem in panels,
- make cross-genre connections with nonfiction books, newspaper/magazine articles, and TED talks,
- do quick collaborative research related to the poem,
- create poetry-based graphs and polls,
- incorporate sign language in poem performances, and
- connect with relevant web sites like the CloudAppreciationSociety, Video.NationalGeographic, VoiceThread, IMDB, Census.gov, HowStuffWorks, TromboneExcerpts.org, HealthyPet, SI.edu (Smithsonian), SoundCloud, Photography.NationalGeographic, Howcast, AllPosters, and Shorpy.
I hope you’ll check it out and help us spread the word to all middle school teachers, librarians, students, and parents of students—just in time for National Poetry Month (in April). Buy the book (in paperback and/or e-book form) from Pomelo Books here. And let us know what you think!
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