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Poet Study: Karla Kuskin
Karla's Poems (two favorites)
More Poems by Karla
More Kuskin Poems
Even More Kuskin Poems
Kuskin Bibliography
Kuskin References (& more)
Poetry Breaks - Module 1
Poetry Break # 1
Poetry Break # 2
Poetry Break # 3
Poetry Breaks: #4, #5
Module 2
Poetry Break # 6
Poetry Break # 7
Poetry Break: #8
Poetry Break # 9
Poetry Break # 10
Module 3
Poetry Break # 11
Poetry Break # 12
Poetry Break # 13
Poetry Break # 14
Poetry Break # 15
Module 4
Poetry Break # 16
Poetry Break # 17
Poetry Break # 18
Poetry Break # 19
Poetry Break # 20
Module 5
Poetry Break # 21
Poetry Break # 22
Poetry Break # 23
Poetry Break # 24
Poetry Break # 25
Module 6
Poetry Break # 26
Poetry Break # 27
Poetry Break # 28
Poetry Break # 29
Poetry Break # 30
Bibliography (1)
Bibliography (2)

Module 6

Responding to Poetry

We can help students respond to poetry in many ways. Students might form small groups or poetry circles to discuss poems. They might create murals and individual art work in response to poems. Later on, they might write their own poetry. However, as Lee Bennet Hopkins says, do avoid the DAM approach - "Don't DISSECT, ANYALYZE, OR MEMORIZE" (Sylvia Vardell, 2002).

The five poetry breaks in this unit inclue the following:

Poetry Break # 26: A Poem about a Difficult or Sensitive Subject in a Child's Life

Poetry Break # 27: A Free Verse or Unrhymed Poem

Poetry Break # 28: A Poem Written and Published by a Child

Poetry Break # 29: A Classic and a Realted Contemporary Poem

Poetry Break # 30: An Original Poem

I hope you have enjoyed these 30 poetry breaks. The Bibliograpy lists many good books filled with poems to share and to treasure.