Songs of Ourselves

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This comprehensive workbook covers how to write free-verse poetry. It includes advice on how to offer constructive criticism and grade student work, exercises in using a thesaurus, the eight checkpoints of good poetry, and how to explore famous poets and their work. Best of all I’ve included assignments for writing 19 different kinds of poems. And lest you or your students doubt they can write creatively and well, I’ve included examples of work my students have done. Your students will be astounded at how they can use their observations, emotions, and life experiences to create words and works that will last a lifetime. There are plenty of other lessons and workbooks that guide your students through traditional poetry like haiku, cinquain and limericks. This workbook offers you and your students something different, something less rigid and more creative. Check out this overview of the specific topics covered in Songs of Ourselves:
What is Poetry
Why Write Poetry
Free Verse Poetry and Why Write This Kind of Poetry
Why Anyone Can Write Poetry
Revising a Poem
Constructive Criticism
Grading
Student Self-Checking
Brainstorming
The e.e. cummings Effect
Other Literary Devices
Checkpoints
Rhythm
Emotion
Colorful Language
Setting
Specific Words
Mechanics
Revision
Ask Yourself These Questions
Title
Poetic Form
Adjective Phrases
Using a Thesaurus
Poets if the Ages
Recommended Anthologies of Poetry
Themes for Poems
Animal
City Scape
Dark Emotions
Disaster
Foreign Lands
Historical
Landscape
Machine
People
Refrigerator Magnet
Season
Shape
Simple Object
These I Have Loved
Time of Day
War
Waterscape
Weather
Worker
Student Poems

Songs of Ourselves is a program I began using with junior high students over 20 years ago. It is formatted as a 53-page PDF.

Songs of Ourselves by Diane Yale-Peabody is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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Songs of Ourselves
Songs of Ourselves
Songs of Ourselves