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Language Arts, Vol. 76, No. 4, March 1999

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Issue Theme: The Poetic Possibilities of Language

  • Conversations in the Classroom: Poetic Voices at Play

    Teresa Grainger

    Abstract: Illustrates how children's "poetic voices in action" provide context for the writing of poetry. Describes how the author taped hours of classroom interaction and the talk that surrounded the children's writing, browsing, reading and performance of poetry. Shares examples of reflective voices at play. Examines ways in which teachers can celebrate and enhance children's poetic potential.

    Keywords: Literature, Writing, Elementary

  • White Chickens, Wild Swings, and Winter Nights

    Rebecca Luce-Kapler

    Abstract: Uses poetry and poetic prose to remind readers of the power of poetic language. Discusses the author's experience as a poet and her work with teachers to bring poetry into children's lives.

    Keywords: Literature, Elementary

  • Influences of Shared Poetry Texts: The Chorus in Voices

    Wilma D. Kuhlman and Linda Bradley

    Abstract: Discusses the development of voice through a specific free-form poetry-writing experience. Suggests a method for teaching poetry that draws heavily on poets from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Shares evidence that this approach to teaching poetry can be the starting point for students developing writers' voice, and suggests ways to move from poetry to other writing genres.

    Keywords: Literature, Elementary

  • Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears

    Laura Apol and Jodi Harris

    Abstract: Discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure. Describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices (using P. Fleischman's "Joyful Noise"). The poetry unit culminated in a project in which students read and performed Fleischman's poems, then wrote and performed their own poems for two voices.

    Keywords: Literature, Elementary

  • Mastering Metaphor through Poetry

    Judith W. Steinbergh

    Abstract: Uses examples of children's poetry to illustrate both the power of metaphor and the possibilities of poetry in the development of metaphor. Traces children's development in creation of metaphor from kindergarten through eighth grade. Looks at early demonstration of metaphor use and the expanded use of metaphor to describe complex concepts and relationships.

    Keywords: Literature, Elementary

  • Know Thyself and Understand Others

    Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

    Abstract: Discusses research on the need for, and the characteristics of, culturally aware and responsive teachers. Outlines a model for preservice and inservice teachers that focuses upon the development of culturally relevant pedagogy in the context of a multicultural-literacy learning course. Describes how teachers who have taken the multicultural-literacy course have applied the model in their classrooms.

    Keywords: Research, Elementary

  • To See the World Afresh: Talking about Poetry

    Amy A. McClure, Joan Bownas, Lisa Dapoz, Karen Hildebrand, Peggy Oxley, Lillian Webb, and Lynda Weston

    Abstract: Reviews 31 collections of children's poetry that help students see the world from a fresh perspective. Notes how they were used in a variety of classrooms and how children responded to them. Organizes the books in terms of: making the ordinary extraordinary; looking at relationships in new ways; new views of the world; and a fresh look at animals.

    Keywords: Literature, Reading, Elementary

  • Editors’ Pages

    Sharon Murphy and Curt Dudley-Marling

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Poem: Wings

    Karin Johnson

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Justin

    Lorri Neilsen

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Ask Me

    Beverly McLoughland

    Abstract: Full article is available in the print version only.

    Keywords: Elementary

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