This selection of 20 free verse poems - written by 2nd graders - will inspire your 2nd graders to write their own poems! Provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write about things they know and care about: the trauma of eating peas, the pleasure of reading, the thrill of playing hockey. The author describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writing process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then inviting children to write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by 2nd graders!