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ERIC Number: ED029038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 164
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Using Children's Choices of and Reactions to Poetry as Determinants in Enriching Literary Experience in the Middle Grades.
Bridge, Ethel Brooke
More than 1000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from suburban New Jersey communities were tested on their choices of and reactions to poetry on the assumption that their likes and dislikes could provide determinants for enriched literary experiences in the middle grades. The 200 poems chosen for the experiment represented a variety of content, mood, vocabulary, and poetic form. During an 8-week period, each of the poems was read twice to the children who rated each poem according to a poetry rating scale and who responded voluntarily to three questions about the poem's content and their personal reactions to it. An analysis of the data indicated that both boys and girls in all three grades liked poems related to their own interests and experiences, humorous poems, and poems with strength of rhythm and rhyme. It was concluded that the poetry selections of this study cannot be graded and that an enriching literary experience for children in the middle grades should encompass the whole range of man's poetic effort. (Author/JB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Temple University