As an introduction to a poetry unit or beginning of the year assignment, this poetry book allows the students to explore aspects of poetry new to them. With self-directed learning, the students may chose the types of poetry, poets, or terms they learn, then present a few of their favorite discoveries to the class. This opens the door for discussion on why they chose certain poets or what a poem means to them.
The assignment is easily adapted to specific criteria such as: modern European poets, targeted poetry terms, Renaissance poems, etc. The book may be used as a resource for future writing assignments or become part of the class library.