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Poetry Pauses

Teaching With Poems to Elevate Student Writing in All Genres

Providing succinct examples of vivid writing, teaching poetry regularly helps students import techniques into any genre. Includes a companion website of practical resources and a bank of hundreds of recommended poems.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071889022
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: February 16, 2023

Price: $33.95



Unleash the power of poetry to boost all academic writing

Student writing outcomes will transform if we invest more time in the genre we too often ignore: poetry! With Poetry Pauses, Brett Vogelsinger asserts that all good writing takes us to deeper places, whether it’s narrative, argument, informational, or verse. So why not use the palm-size examples of poems to develop students’ skills?

This book helps you to

  • Teach techniques such as using sound, pattern, imagery, grammatical structures, and dialogue
  • Select poems from the online companion website for read alouds and writing warm-ups
  • Reshape students’ attitudes about verse with contemporary spoken word and poems by today’s favorite poets
  • Know how to tuck specific poems into any part of the writing process to build your students’ understanding of brainstorming, elaboration, paragraphing, argumentation, and more

No matter what students go on to do in life, being able to reach a broad audience with language that engages the whole mind is a gift. The resources here and online will stoke students’ logic and creativity immeasurably.

Key features

  • 25+ brief activities to use poetry in your writing instruction with step-by-step instructions, teacher talking points, and extension ideas
  • Pro-Tips and suggestions for adjusting instruction nimbly and responsibly
  • An extensive poetry library on the online companion website to help teachers access great poems quickly
  • Bonus activities, downloadable handouts, and additional material on the online companion website to support your teaching


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Brett Vogelsinger

Brett Vogelsinger has been teaching English for twenty years and currently teaches ninth-grade students at Holicong Middle School in Bucks County, PA. He is a regular contributor at the Moving Writers blog (www.movingwriters.org) and has written about teaching and learning for Edutopia, NCTE Verse, and The New York Times Learning Network. When not teaching, grading, or writing about such things, you will likely find him spending time with his family, his garden, or his Jenga tower of books he plans to read. You can find him on Twitter @theVogelman or at his website, www.brettvogelsinger.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Purposeful Poetry Pauses

Chapter 1: Poetry to Bring on the Brainstorm

Chapter 2: Poetry Pauses for Writing Analysis

Chapter 3: Poetry Pauses for Crafting Narrative

Chapter 4: Poetry Pauses for Argument Writing

Chapter 5: Poetry Pauses for Writing Informative and Research Pieces

Chapter 6: Poetry Pauses for Improving Grammar and Punctuation Skills

Chapter 7: Poetry as a Healthy Literacy Routine




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