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Poetry for Pre-teens

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Open your students'minds to a world of language with these poetry collections and free verse novels.

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye
Expand your students minds with this compilation of 60 thought- and discussion-provoking poems.

Cautionary Tales for Children by Hillaire Belloc
These deliciously grim stories illuminated by the pen of Edward Gorey will delight young fans of the macabre.

Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art edited by Jan Greenberg
Featuring the work of acclaimed authors, this compilation of poetry explores the often surprising relationship between words and visual art.

I'm Nobody. Who Are You? by Emily Dickinson
Inspire your students poetic side with selected poems from Emily Dickinson.
Available in the Teacher Store

O, Jerusalem by Jane Yolen
These poems can give your students a new perspective on this beloved city.

Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start by Kathi Appelt
Your students may discover their own writing voice through these insightful poems about adolescent longing that include annotations that explain how the poem was written.

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Hook your sports fans on poetry with this dynamic collection of basketball verse.

Running Back to Ludie by Angela Johnson
Hear a teen reunite with her mother in poignant, free-verse poetry.
Available in the Teacher Store

Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O'Connell George
From humorous to angst-ridden, this collection offers verses that will captivate your students.

Voices: Poetry and Art From Around the World selected by Barbara Brenner
Journey to different continents for this artistic celebration of diversity and a shared humanity.

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Experience the angst of being a boy-crazy teen in this achingly true collection.

Witness by Karen Hesse
Step into the minds of townspeople in 1924 Vermont.
Available in the Teacher Store

Words With Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art selected by Belinda Rochelle
Spanning two centuries of artistic achievement, this stunning collection pairs the work of 20 poets and visual artists to explore the African-American experience.

 

  • Subjects:
    Literature, Literature Appreciation, National Poetry Month, Spring Themes, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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