ERIC Number: ED127609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Children and Poetry: Children, Poetry and Memorization; and Excursions into Poetry.
Smeall, J. F. S.; King, Robert
Insights into Open Education, v8 n6 Entire Issue March 1976
The essays included in this periodical focus on teaching elementary school children how to appreciate and how to write poetry. "Children, Poetry, and Memorization," by J.F.S. Smeall, outlines the historical basis, and perceptual limitations, of the use of print media alone in classroom instruction. Suggestions for encouraging children's recitation of poetry are based on the notion that memorization is best facilitated through a process of listening, imitating, and performing. Robert King's "Excursions into Poetry" presents ideas for using the following vehicles to introduce poetry to children: haiku (limited by a specific topic or associated with an art project), rhyme utilizing jumprope chants and satires of popular ads, poetry by both children and adults, and structured and group-written poetry. A 20-item annotated bibliography of resources on poetry and creative writing for children is included. "A Bicentennial Note" contains ideas for teaching the concepts of past, present, and future through the development of children's personal histories. (KS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.