ERIC Number: ED140223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Poetry as Motivation for Reading.
Davis, John E.
An interest in poetry provides motivation for children to read; in order to inspire such an interest, teachers must avoid four commonly used approaches to poetry: teaching poetry as an isolated subject, as if it had a language all its own; teaching poetry for purposes of analysis; selecting inappropriate poetry for children and presenting it in inappropriate ways; and teaching poetry for purposes of testing. Positive approaches to poetry involve teaching poetry as a natural form of language, avoiding the forced analysis of poetry, selecting poetry which is meaningful for pupils, and avoiding testing pupils on poetry they have read. Additionally, an invaluable way to encourage the enjoyment of poetry is to teach pupils to write their own poems. Collaborative poems may be written initially, as a means of overcoming pupil resistance to writing poetry; such poems may be typed and placed in a looseleaf notebook for pupils to read. Other types of poetry writing which appeal to pupils include the writing of blank verse, cinquains, haiku, couplets, and limericks. The poetry the children write can then become excellent reading material. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)