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Cat Watching: Six Easy Steps to Classroom Poetry

By: Scott Peterson
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2
Date: Spring 1999

Summary: Peterson has developed a process for setting students up to write poetry, one that he practices himself and details here.



We need to make room for poetry in our schools, to bring the same heightened sense of awareness that is induced by heavy doses of poetry into our classrooms. Most of us are intimidated by poetry, frightened by its form and rhyme schemes. We feel that the rules are locked behind closed doors, and only those select few who have the keys can play the poetry game. Not true. Anyone who loves to mess around with words can write poetry.

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