A good poetry idea should help the children feel excited about writing and enable them to think of what to write - developing their imagination, creativity and writing skills.
Jumpstart! Poetry is about involving children as creative writers through writing poems. The book contains a bank of ideas that can be drawn upon when teaching poetry but also at other times to provide a source for creative writing that children relish. There are more than 100 quick warm-ups to fire the brain into a creative mood and to `jumpstart' reading, writing and performing poetry in any key stage 1 or 2 classroom.
Practical, easy-to-do and vastly entertaining, this new `jumpstarts' will appeal to busy teachers in any primary classroom.
Freelance writer, poet and educational consultant. Pie was a primary head teacher, lecturer and English Inspector. Author and editor of over 250 books, he runs training and development projects for the national strategy, education authorities and schools.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Ideas for developing a `poetry climate' in schools and classrooms 2. Poetry reading games and activities 3. Poetry warm up games 4. Poetry writing games 5. Reading workshop ideas 6. Writing workshop ideas 7. Shakespeare rules 8. Poetry slams 9. Using the images 10. Ideas for publishing and performances Appendices