ERIC Number: ED172261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Poetry Preferences of Primary Graders. Studies in Language Education, Report No. 35.
Fisher, Carol J.; Natarella, Margaret A.
Fifteen classes of first, second, and third grade students in five Clarke County, Georgia, schools listened to poems and rated them on a three-point scale. Five of these 15 classes also participated in the study's second phase, which measured responses to the same poems after some poetry and related extension activities. Analysis revealed that the most popular poems were narrative, contained humor, did not depend on word play, and were either about children, involved children in the subject situation, or were about animals. The children also showed an overwhelming preference for rhymed, metered poetry. Surprisingly few poems were more or less well liked after student participation in the poetry-related activities of phase two. In an attitude survey, children from poetry study classes showed greater interest in writing and in acting out poems, while children who had not participated in poetry study expressed interest in learning to recite poetry. These results add to data from a similar study of intermediate-grade students, and suggest that teachers should carefully select a variety of poems that extend children's taste while maintaining their positive attitudes toward poetry. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.