In celebration of the start of our poetry unit tomorrow, I wanted to share with you some fantastic resources for sharing and teaching poetry to children. My teaching mentor is Kenneth Koch (pronounced "Coke" like the soda). He passed away in 2002, but left behind some amazing books on teaching poetry, as well as a fantastic lecture (from 1979, but still relevant today). Koch was also a prolific poet in addition to being a brilliant teacher. His teaching ranged from working with children in New York City public schools, and abroad, up to teaching seniors in nursing homes. He compiled those teaching experiences and his thoughts on teaching in some wonderful volumes:
And, just for fun, HERE is a great article by Lemony Snicket, I mean, Daniel Handler, about reading poetry. Caution: If you read this out loud or have your children read it, the "F"-word is used once in the article.
To find Kenneth Koch's books, please click on the boxes below: