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Poetry Goes to School

From Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein

by (author) Bob Barton & David Booth

Pembroke Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
Professional Development
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2004
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
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This comprehensive resource is a must-have for teachers who want to fill their classrooms with poetry. With descriptions of poetic genres, lessons and teaching tools, sample poems, and ideas for sharing and exploration, this book will inspire, inform, and entertain. Select from a wide range of response activities that will involve children in reading, writing, role playing, and the arts. Assessment techniques for supporting the poetry program complement this highly readable volume. Stimulate creativity and imagination and learn to create a "culture of poetry" that demonstrates the power of words and strengthens the language lives of children.

About the authors

Bob Barton was born in Ontario. After years of teaching elementary school, he eventually began teaching in secondary. He later became an Education Officer and an Arts Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He has been a teaching master at teachers’ college, a visiting author in the schools, a performer and a storyteller. Over the years he has published many children’s books, including The Bear Says North (2003) and Poetry Goes to School (2004). Barton has worked professionally as a storyteller for over thirty years, sharing his stories across Canada, the United States, and England. He is the recipient of many literacy and arts awards. Today he still sits on several boards which help promote literacy, but he doesn’t neglect his hobbies of cooking, reading, and gardening. Barton has two grown children and lives with his wife in Toronto.

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David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.


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