ERIC Number: ED061203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Poetry Instruction: Its Effect on Attitudes Toward Literature and the Ability to Write Prose.
Shapiro, Phyllis P.; Shapiro, Bernard J.
The effect of teaching poetry writing on (1) attitudes toward literature, and (2) the ability to write prose was studied in four fourth-grade classes of a metropolitan elementary school (42 boys and 40 girls) from working-class backgrounds. The children were randomly assigned, two to the experimental and two to the control group. A program for teaching poetry writing was used in the experimental group, 15 half-hour lessons being given over the six-week treatment period. The control group continued with the standard fourth-grade language arts program, changed only to prove them with the same number of writing opportunities. Analysis of the data suggests that the introduction of instruction in poetry into the curriculum has beneficial side effects in terms of the subjects' ability to write prose and their more positive attitude to literature in general. Important factors contributing to these results are seen to be: (1) the inherent qualities of poetry in terms of the unconventional freedom and scope it provides for linguistic expression, and (2) the general provision for the young school child of an alternative mode for self-expression through language. (Author/DB)
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Note: A Summary of a Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, April 1972)