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Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom
by John S. O'Connor
|Grades||7 – 12|
O'Connor offers new approaches to teaching poetry in middle and high school with more than 25 writing activities that can constitute an entire course or work as individual lessons.
O'Connor, John S. 2004. Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.