Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children

A classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry by Blake, Donne, Stevens, Lorca, and others and then shows how it maybe taught so as to help children write poetry of their own For this edition, the author has written a new introduction and a special afterwA classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry by Blake, Donne, Stevens, Lorca, and others and then shows how it maybe taught so as to help children write poetry of their own For this edition, the author has written a new introduction and a special afterword for teachers.
Rose Where Did You Get That Red Teaching Great Poetry to Children A classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry by Blake Donne Stevens Lorca an

  • Title: Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children
  • Author: Kenneth Koch
  • ISBN: 9780679724711
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children”

    1. I was disappointed in this one and it was not at all what I thought. I was looking for a book to help inspire kids to read and write poetry. First of all, there are two (2!) very long introductions by the author that take up 1/4 of the entire book. Secondly, the type set used is too small, the paragraphs are too long, and the book could use a good edit.Third, the author includes 10 poems in this book. Followed by each poem are poems written by his students. WTH? While I am sure the students (and [...]

    2. Reading for my thesis. Koch looks at poetry through a similar lens as Making Your Own Days, but this book presents ten lessons, each lesson focuses on one poem each, but Koch combines the teaching of reading poetry with the teaching of writing poetry. For my devices in my project, I will not be teaching poetry writing as a way to teach reading poetry as he does, so this one is a little less relevant to me than the otherbut am going to look at the ways that he looks at the poems and attempt to pa [...]

    3. Koch believes that children can enjoy poetic heavies like Blake, Donne, and Lorca—as long as they’re taught with joy. This book features lesson plan ideas and stories from Koch's long career as a poet and world-renowned teacher. Brilliant, inspiring, and invigorating."For more recommendations on craft books, visit Literary Mama's Essential Reading List for September: literarymama/litreflec

    4. The fact Koch got a little 1960s LES writer to get down "rose, where did you get that red?" on paper is a testament to his work. This book is essential for reading, writing, and talking about poetry with kids. Most notable is the idea of teaching someone rather antiquated, say Blake/Shakespeare, to six year olds. Detailed lesson plans, example and sample poems, invaluable.

    5. I think the poems he used were too childish and arcane. But that's just my opinion. I'd prefer to teach kids poems that are more exciting than Blake's Tyger.

    6. Basically, you simplify the forms of great poems and then have students write their own, and they feel smart and special. It actually works that easily in praxis.

    7. This book is a delight! Koch picks some great, classic poems and tells you some ways to teach them to children, and then he samples the children's response poetry. At the end is an all-time-encompassing anthology of great poetry. What more do you need? His instructions are perfect (not to mention the short example poems that he wrote himself), and anything written by children is bound to be worth reading. I loved it.

    8. Pretty cool concept, teaching classic poems by Blake, Shakespeare, Whitman, etc. to children. Not the sort of book to read for enjoyment. More of a reference book that is pedagogically engagingSome of the children's poetry is amazing, but mostly kids suck at poetry so it wasn't the most entertaining read

    9. Not new (it was published in 1998) but new to me – by far the most wonderful book I have read on teaching poetry to children. It has a lot to say to any of us who fancy our hand at rhythm and rhyme, and it’s full of the most wonderful verse created by children who worked with the author. And what a gorgeous title!

    10. As a writer, the most inspiring bits about this book were the children's poems. I love that Koch promotes teaching children as though they are thoughtful capable human beings, since they are and aren't often treated as such. This isn't a great book, but it was an interesting read. The anthology is useful for writing prompt ideas.

    11. interesting introduction, though it rambled and said the same thing over and over again, helpful ideas for extracting some child-friendly activity from an adult writing. i don't like his translations from the french.

    12. Wonderful inspiration for writing and teaching poetry to young children with classic examples of poems from Shakespeare to Rimbaud, "Voyelles", Asian, African sources as well as inspiring creativity from the children's work.

    13. This is such a wonderful book. It was written to help teachers teach children to write poetry. I am interested in it for that reason but I also felt this need to start writing myself. I am going to use the ideas in the book to get started on my own writing.

    14. I have to admit I mostly skimmed this for work. Wish I had time to reread it in more depth, though. A very significant book from my childhood, definitely led to a later fondness for "The Tyger," "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," "This is Just to Say."

    15. In this book, Kenneth Koch covers processes to get children thinking and writing about poetry -- included are poems from kids of all ages who were in his classes. Such a great book for every parent and teacher to own.

    16. I loved reading this book and I used many of his ideas in my own writing but I love using this book in my teaching even more.

    17. Short and rich. Contains 10 prompts for student poetry along with student samples. Nice addition to a teacher's toolbox.

    18. contains just about any of my favorite writers. I'm using the older version, I believe. But it comes in handy as a textbook/reference.

    19. This is one of my go to books for teaching poetry to kids. I agree with Koch that students need to see real poetry and be excited by the power of the words.

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