Poetry Writing for Elementary and Middle School Students
From structured poetic forms to free verse, student writers can explore the vast range of expression that poetry makes possible. With the guidance of his or her tutor, the student will practice fundamental technical devices, including voice, tone, image, metaphor, and line break. The tutor will suggest classic and contemporary texts that may inspire the student’s own creations and will offer encouragement and feedback on work in progress.
The goals of our poetry courses are threefold:
- Build the student’s core writing skills.
- Acquaint the student with a variety of poetic styles, forms, and techniques.
- Draft and revise poems that can be submitted for publication or as part of an admissions portfolio.
If advanced students are interested in publishing their poetry, our tutors can guide them to appropriate venues (print and online journals, school magazines, local newspapers) and help them compose submission cover letters.
Independent poetry programs are a fantastic way to keep students intellectually engaged outside of school as an extracurricular activity, and our writing courses are ideally suited for the extra free time students have during vacation. A typical poetry program involves one, 60-90 minute session per week, with writing and reading assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises on form and style, the student generates drafts of several new poems, and every poem undergoes rigorous revision.
Our Poetry Instructors:
Our team of poetry instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile: