Project Description

Poems By Adolescents and Adults

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Poems by Adolescents and Adults offers teachers a powerful supplement to the standard middle school and high school literature anthologies. Divided into eleven themed sections, the collection freely mixes more than 100 poems by students in grades 5-12 with more than 40 pieces by adults, including well-known writers such as William Stafford, Nikki Giovanni, Gary Soto, Sandra Cisneros and Kathi Appelt, as well as classroom teachers whose work has been published in English Journal.

The book’ s themes range widely–from family relations to peer pressure, from school life to social issues, and from love to hopes for the future–in poems that are sometimes playful, sometimes deeply felt, sometimes provocative, and always of high interest to students. Each section begins with an introduction in which the editors offer reminiscences centered on the theme and suggest ways to cluster the poems with both traditional and young adult literature.

Poems by Adolescents and Adults thus offers teachers an enjoyabl and accessible resource for planning classroom activities, promoting lively discussion, and engaging students in thinking about how poetry can be meaningful in their lives. In addition, teacher educators can use the book in working with both pre- and inservice teachers as a resource for exploring qualities of student writing as well as ways to work with student writing in the classroom.