Wishes, Lies, And Dreams: Teaching Children To Write Poetry by Kenneth KochWishes, Lies, And Dreams: Teaching Children To Write Poetry by Kenneth Koch

Wishes, Lies, And Dreams: Teaching Children To Write Poetry

byKenneth Koch, Ron Padgett

Paperback | January 16, 2000

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The classic, inspiring account of a poet's experience teaching school children to write poetry

When Kenneth Koch entered the Manhattan classrooms of P.S. 61, the children, excited by the opportunity to work with an instructor able to inspire their talent and energy, would clap and shout with pleasure. In this vivid account, Koch describes his inventive methods for teaching these children how to create poems and gives numerous examples of their work. Wishes, Lies, and Dreams is a valuable text for all those who care about freeing the creative imagination and educating the young.

Kenneth Koch is a celebrated poet and the author of numerous books of poetry, literary criticism, short fiction, and plays. He has won many literary awards, including the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1995. A professor of English at Columbia University, Koch lives in New York City.
Title:Wishes, Lies, And Dreams: Teaching Children To Write PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:January 16, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060955090

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From Our Editors

At its core, poetry is a vehicle men, women and children use to creatively express themselves through words. Writing poetry is often a wonderfully fulfilling and liberating experience, allowing us to convey some of our deepest thoughts, ideas and messages from the safety of the printed page. Unfortunately, some children have yet to develop the confidence in their creative skills and the trust in other people to want to record their personal thoughts on paper. Kenneth Koch helps make writing poetry a great experience for kids with Wishes, Lies and Dreams. Parents and teachers will find the book’s numerous exercises and examples of children’s work particularly useful as they encourage their youngsters to learn to love poetry.

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