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The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community

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About the Author

Dave Morice has written and illustrated many books for children and adults, including The Dictionary of Word Play, The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet, and Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology. He received his Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of Iowa and continues to bring the magic of poetry to people of all ages through his work in senior centers and public schools.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers & Writers Collaborative (February 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915924447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915924448
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been teaching high school creative writing for twenty plus years and nothing, and I mean NOTHING!, has revolutionized how we teach that class more than this little book. Our students are spray painting their cars, then writing poems on them. They're writing poetry inside and outside refrigerators, stoves, on chairs and tables, on the sidewalks, on their father's army boots, on toilets, and yes, they've even written on the kitchen sink. We've been asked to give inservices to other educators about this project. It's nothing short of sensational and Dave Morice is our hero! Don't buy one of these books, buy a dozen for all of your teacher friends. This technique makes kids want to be creative. All age groups will find good stuff here.
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This book is full of wonderful activities for poetry writing with all age-groups. I have already made my first deck of "Poetry Poker" cards, and I cannot wait to try some of the other activities.
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This is an excellent book with terrific ideas for the classroom! Dave Morice has done it again!
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As a high school teacher, I was hoping that this book would help my students feel more comfortable expressing themselves in poetry form and feel proud about displaying their work. I found that many of the activities would considered "stupid" by my students, and many activities are just too impractical when one considers the cost of materials for the number of students I have. The book also assumes that students already know how to write poetry, and there is no emphasis on the writing process or revision. Students go directly from freewriting to presentation. I've found my students have wonderful imaginations; they just don't know how to turn imagination into verse. This book won't help them do that.
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