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Unlocking the Poet in Every Child

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Unlocking the Poet in Every Child

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Unlocking the Poet in Every Child

David Orme

Ransom 2011

14.99 [pounds sterling]

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Back in the olden days, when I was a lad and had a literacy budget that could be spent on fripperies, I would come across what I considered a good literacy teaching resource book, buy it and then pass it round my colleagues, urging them to have a look, dip in and hoick out some good ideas. Nowadays there don't seem to be enough hours in the day, and taking time to browse through resource books seems to border on the indulgent. They might be packed full of good ideas but it takes a lot of time to trawl through them to pluck out the worthwhile 'fish'.

So it is with great delight that I present to you Unlocking the poet in every child by David Orme. If the book has only one redeeming feature (and it has many), it is accessibility. It is written in three parts. Part One is entitled Poetry Teaching Strategies, and I must admit that I was tempted to flick through its twenty pages. However, once I began reading, I was hooked (dodgy second fish reference--Ed). Organised into short sections with liberal use of quotation boxes, bullet points and other organisational devices, it tackles such issues as Performing, Adding movement, Projections and Drafting. …

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