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Poets in Practice

by Michelann Parr and Terry Campbell

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Poets in Practice

Grades 3 – 8
Type Journal
Published September 2006
Publisher International Literacy Association



This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing. The authors document a process of learning how to practice poetry—one that is equally effective for teacher professional development, teacher self-study, preservice teacher education, and classroom implementation. By actually writing poetry individually, with, and alongside their students, teachers will "learn by doing" and become more effective in teaching poetry in the classroom.

What teachers and students need to know extends beyond simply knowing about poetry; they need to know how to do it and how to appreciate it as a unique form of expression.

Parr, M., & Campbell, T. (2006, September). Poets in Practice. The Reading Teacher, 60(1), 36–46. doi: 10.1598/RT.60.1.4


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