From Unit Plan: Teaching Slam Poetry

Use these recommended books to enhance your slam poetry unit and other poetry lessons in your classroom.

Teaching and Assessing Spelling by Mary Jo Fresch and Aileen Wheaton
A practical approach that strikes the balance between whole-group and individualized instruction.

Classroom Tip: Teaching a consistent spelling program to 98 students a day is difficult, I'm hoping this book helps me with my spelling program.

Hey You! C'mere: A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados
The author of the Tony-nominated Runaways has written 17 slangy, jangly poems in this irresistible read-aloud volume.

Classroom Tip: I use this story to introduce the unit at the beginning of the school year.

Opening a Door: Reading Poetry in the Middle School Classroom by Paul B. Janeczko
"Reading a poem should not be like performing an autopsy, looking at a dead object and figuring out what killed it. Or worse, trying to figure out what it might have been like when it was alive. Good poems are alive…"

Classroom Tip: After reading this book, you'll immediately feel more confident the next time you teach a poetry lesson!

More Book Lists

Poetry for Grades 6-8
Middle school students will be inspired by the words of famous poets like Naomi Shihab Nye, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Awards
The national Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Poetry is granted annually to an anthology of poetry or a single volume poem published for children by a living American poet or anthologist. These are winners and honorees.