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Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children Reissue Edition
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Like anything truly sublime, the unspoken lesson enlivens this book . If you really share what you love with students, guide them instead of showing them, ask instead of telling, and treat their products with the respect you'd give a visiting artist, they will produce art as amazing as Mr. Koch's students did.
Forget teaching poetry to children- teach poetry instead. Take the concept and apply it to all creative acts. Teach art from great and challenging art. Teach music from powerful, sophisticated music. They can not only take it, they'll take it and keep it.
In college I never took an education course and I walked into each school with no prep of any kind. I was assigned to teach English, meaning writing and reading. Because the schools were private, I was given more freedom than any teacher could imagine in today's performance-assessed environment.
I'm not sure how I came across Koch's books but they quickly became pivotal to my teaching. I'm wasn't a poet back then and I'm still not now, so it wasn't so much the poetry of his books that impacted me as his approach to teaching which was grounded in the deepest kind of respect for his students' potential - as learners and as creators. His willingness to challenge through seemingly wild experimentation. His encouraging students to see, to notice, to feel, to care about their world.
Inspired by his books, I taught my students to write poetry. And they responded with the same generosity and enthusiasm as Koch's students. I still have those poems, now collected in a binder. They are the wishes, lies and dreams of young people from the inner city of Jersey to the outer villages of Truk. It's all magical.
Kenneth Koch is one of my heroes and his books are enduring classics, especially for teachers - no matter what they teach.
Most highly recommended!
If you read this work alongside works such as Playing and Reality by D. W. Winnicott and Envy and Gratitude by Melanie Klein, you may well find that you are compelled to adopt a new stance on the emotional and intellectual lives of children. And you may well find yourself able to teach children not only content but also process. You will most certainly look at anyone under the age of 18 with new respect and appreciation.
This book is not for the teacher or the professor who sees herself or himself as needing to be firmly in charge. For what Koch offers is a kind of Socratic style of teaching that is responsive to student input and generative of critical situations. This is for teachers who want to be teachers for a lifetime--not for a lark.
Do yourself a favor, any of you who read this and remember the 60s and 70s--read the book. Try it out with your own kids or grandkids. Heck, try it yourself. If you don't see results immediately, I'll be very surprised. But if after a few tries it still doesn't work, please consider donating it to your elementary school or public library. And then go back and read it in a year or two.
I extrapolated from his work to teach high school students how to write a research paper (collectively). And, later, I taught it to college students in conjunction with a course on children's literature and community. It is a beautiful book. I am so glad I read it more than once!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My go to poetry curriculum; perfect for introducing rich poetry to students. And then, also introducing reposnses as writing prompts that are both beautiful and fun.Published 6 months ago by Steve
I used this as a text in my first years of teaching poetry in 1977. I bought this copy for a college student/graduate of mine who is now teaching poetry at a boarding school. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elizabeh M Cooke
Bought this book to aid my attempts to teach a poetry class for our local homeschooling coop. While I am not an expert in poetry, I found most of the peoms in this book aren't... Read morePublished 18 months ago by amurphy
this is exactly what i was looking for. homeschooling 7th grade. this will be perfect. Although just poems, I found many places online with lesson plans to accompany them.Published 18 months ago by wendy
A very simple reminder of the beauty and freshness of children's poetry...and strategies for eliciting it...Published 20 months ago by Shansay
A whole range and accompanying activities useful in poetry classes and interactions with children's written expression.Published 23 months ago by Kevin Lee Lopez