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Popular Poetry for Tweens

last modified on 01/10/2011

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The poems in this collection connect to the passionate everyday experiences of tweens. Experience the diverse tone and moods of poetry.

Total: 13
Status: Public
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Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 7

Genre: Verse Novel, Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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Her funny, sarcastic take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry: words, ideas, type, and design that combine to make pictures and patterns. The poems are inventive, irreverent, irresistible, and full of surprises — just like Jessie — and the playful layout and ingenious graphics extend the wry humor.

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Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People

by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by George Ford

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Multicultural, Poetry and Rhymes

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This collection of thirty-three poems describes the struggles and joys life offers and focuses on African-American experiences.

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Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Nonfiction, Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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For two glorious months, one lucky family gets an intimate peek at the daily activities of a mother hummingbird and her babies. Nest building, egg hatching, flying lessons--the family sees it all unfold on the back patio. Share the experience through this poignant journal of poems filled with funny observations, fascinating hummingbird facts, and unforgettable moments. "Includes an author's note, a fact list, and suggestions for further reading."

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I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A companion to Joyful Noises. The bird theme connects this anthology of poems. They are great poems for developing fluency and teaching sound devices in poetry.

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It's Snowing! It's Snowing!: Winter Poems

by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Yossi Abolafia

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

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The trees are bare, the days are short, and the first sparkling snowflakes are falling from the sky. Master of rhyme Jack Prelutsky creates a flurry of winter verse, just right for ushering in the season of ice and snow.

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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Eric Beddows

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry

Resources: Yes

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These are great poems for developing fluency and teaching sound devices in poetry.

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Maya Angelou: Poems

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.1

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

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Maya Angelou's exquisite poetry drenches the senses with images from her experiences as an African-American woman.

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Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

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This collection of poems share a common thread: trees and the amazing ways they touch our lives.

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Poetry Speaks: Who I Am

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 10

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.6

Genre: Poetry

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Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable selections for ages 12 to 14 from a wide variety of poets. Includes an audio CD.

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Stone Bench In An Empty Park

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

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Haiku is customarily linked with nature, but in this book filled with moody black-and-white photographs, city settings become the subjects of this short poem form. Some authors included in this collection are Nikki Grimes, Jane Yolen, Cor van den Heuvel,

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Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

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Short, accessible poems in a variety of forms, but all in a single voice--that of a new middle schooler--evoke the memorable moments of the school year, exploring situations and emotions that will resonate with preteens. Lively illustrations complement this perceptive, humorous, poignant record of an important transitional year.

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The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Arnold Lobel, edited by John Shea

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Western

Resources: Yes

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Poems that explore mood. 12 haunting poems, each describing a different nightmarish creature--including the Mummy, the Zombie, the Sorceress, the Banshee, and the Abominable Snowman.

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Wild Wings: Poems for Young People

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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This anthology of poems is illustrated with breathtaking color photographs. The collection of poems depict birds and their habitats, which introduces students to nonfiction poetry.

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