Bibliography of Teaching Poetry

I am doing a search for noteworthy books about teaching poetry. Many titles are out there, but the ones I picked that interested me I noticed all had one thing in common: they were written by poets. Titles written by educators who are not poets were not as enticing to me because they tended to treat poetry as a merely a tool instead of an art form. The poets' education texts are legitimized by their background in education as well. Here are the highlights. I own and used a copy of the first and last titles when I designed the poetry unit that I taught at the elementary school:

Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry

Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary

This one is geared more towards higher level education; however, in the units I taught of poetry, I challenged myself to do the same thing that is addressed in the book: incorporate contemporary poetry (not just poetry for kids, that is) into the curriculum.

Teaching Poetry: Yes You Can!

Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School

Writing to Learn: Poetry and Literacy across the Primary Curriculum

Reading and Writing Poetry: A Guide for Teachers/Grades K-4 (Instructor books)

Pass the Poetry Please

Teaching Poetry in the Primary Classroom

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, these two titles from one of the best writing teachers the world has ever known (not hyperbole!)

A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day by Day


Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves