Welcome to this week's Poetry Friday roundup!
Quick introduction: My name is Katie, and I am a language arts and social studies teacher in Wisconsin. I am in my first year of teaching middle school after eight years in third and fourth grades. I have been holding weekly Poetry Friday time with my students for several years now, and it is one of my favorite things about teaching.
Poetry Friday: Here We Go
Here We Go: a Poetry Friday Power Book (2017) by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
I was beyond thrilled to receive a copy of Here We Go from a giveway on Irene Latham's blog as part of Multicultural Children's Book Day last month.
I love this new addition to the "Poetry Friday" family! I have used weekly "Poetry Friday" celebrations in my classroom for years, and my own thoughts on The Power of Poetry Friday can be found here. I own and have used both the original Poetry Friday Anthology and the Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School. Unlike the anthologies, however, which are geared towards teachers, Here We Go has both kids and adults in mind.
The book is organized into 12 power packs, each of which includes a poetry mini lesson, an anchor poem, a response poem, and a mentor poem with a prompt. As a bonus, the response and mentor poems work together to tell the story of 4 friends who use their poetic inspiration to make a real difference.
Part story, part workbook, ALL poetry, this is a great resource for the young poet (or teacher or parent of young poets). Plus I love the focus on activism and making a difference in your local community.
(This book also dovetails well with my current blog series about teaching students about issues of diversity and inclusion: Teaching Family History and Immigration or Talking to Elementary Students about Stereotypes. You can find the rest of my Poetry Friday posts here.)
* This just in! Pomelo Books has kindly offered me the chance to giveaway FIVE copies of Here We Go.
Poetry Friday Linkup
Please check back during the day for more poetry goodness - or get started now by jumping into the links and comments! (Never participated in a linkup before? Please click here for a more detailed step-by-step.) I look forward to getting around and reading all your amazing poems and contributions. (If you are having problems leaving a link in the linkup, please leave it in the comments, and I will be sure it gets added.)
Happy Poetry Friday!