An excellent prelude to the study of traditional poetry
[LINK to PDF teacher's guide] by Random House
Using novels in verse? Want some ideas and activities and titles?
"The relatively new trend of "novels in verse" opens up a new reading experience for students. All of the elements of story are there for them to embrace. Yet, the poetic form in which these novels are written calls upon the reader to participate in a much more intimate way than when they are reading prose.
"Using novels in verse with young adults is an excellent prelude to the study of traditional poetry. Once students are comfortable with the free verse form that appeals to their own senses, then they are more ready to explore the language of more conventional styles of poetry.