Here are a few that I used this fall in a poetry class with ages from 7 to 13. I started with some fun ones:
At the Garden Gate by David McCord( they love this one on page 6)
( search through this and you can see other poems)
Godfrey Gordon Gustav Gore by William Brightly Rand
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Sing- Song Poems by Christina Rossetti ( all written to teach children, short and fun)
Do tell some life stories from the poets and broaden the number of poems with each poet so they
build a relationship with them.
Plus there a few Billy Collins poems that are funny to read.
His new book Ballistics has some I read to my students.
I just discovered Mary Oliver and found myself being fed deeply by several.
|I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.