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Building a Foundation of Literacy Through Poetry

Beginning with poems, we can teach students to recognize craft and deepen their understanding of it across genres and beyond specific assignments.  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 9, 2018 7:33:00 AM

Poems Are Not Just Poems

In this video, Amy VanDerwater explains that if we are able to harness a love of poetry and use it as a way to demonstrate writing techniques across genres, students gain a better understanding of writing overall.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 29, 2018 1:14:00 AM

What Skills Can Poetry Teach Us?

Poetry is something that is happening now, everywhere, and we need to bring it into the classroom. In Poems Are Teachers, Amy introduces the skills and techniques involved in writing a poem and how it connects to writing across all genres.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 16, 2018 6:07:00 AM

Science is Poetry Podcast

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, authors Mark Lubkowitz, Amy VanDerwater and Valerie Bang-Jensen. What are crosscutting concepts?  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 8, 2018 4:56:14 PM

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on Poems Are Teachers

Once we can get past the idea that poems are in their own little word, they open up a world of possibilities in the classroom.  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Dec 18, 2017 12:21:20 PM

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on The Many Uses of Poetry

In her new book, VanDerwater argues that poems should be the backbone of writing instruction, instead of being swept under the carpet as an afterthought.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Dec 11, 2017 12:03:57 PM

Helping Students Bring Beliefs into Writing

When we write, we nudge change. How can we be helping students bring beliefs into writing? Here are some resources to get you started.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Nov 6, 2017 4:58:57 PM

Katherine Bomer on Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's Poems Are Teachers

As if the wealth of Amy’s own writing and teaching ideas were not enough by themselves, she gifts us with a trove of poems by our favorite children’s poets.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Oct 23, 2017 12:21:09 AM

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