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Workshop 3: Teaching Poetry:

Materials from Jack Wilde's Classroom

Featured Poem

  • "The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes" by Mekeel McBride (from Deepest Part of the River, Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0887483410)

Additional Models

  • "Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes" by Gary Soto (from Neighborhood Odes, New York: Harcourt, 1992. ISBN: 0152568794)
  • "Child on Top of a Greenhouse" by Theodore Roethke (from Reflections on the Gift of a Watermelon Pickle... and Other Modern Verse, Stephen Dunning, Editor, New York: HarperCollins, 1967. ISBN: 0688412319)
  • "The Base Stealer" by Robert Francis (from Reflections on the Gift of a Watermelon Pickle)
  • Numerous poems by previous fifth-grade students

Sample titles from poetry cart (pdf)

Sample contents of student anthology (pdf)



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