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ERIC Number: ED200965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Poetry for Children.
Nist, Joan Stidham
Many prospective language arts teachers are unsure of what poetry really is. While it is impossible to present them with a definitive statement about the nature of poetry, they can be given a workable outline of the attributes of poetry to help them teach poetry to children. Rhythmic patterns can be emphasized to enhance children's enjoyment of poems if the burden of cognitive recognition of meter or syllabication is not overemphasized. Sound patterns, particularly rhyme or alliteration, appeal to children who enjoy the familiarity. Imagery, conciseness, and memorability are also qualities teachers can define for children. Poems selected for memorization must be only those that children appreciate and comprehend. The vitality of poetry and the timelessness of "old" poets can be accentuated through student interaction with a living poet or by pairing the works of contemporary poets with "older" poems. Poetry has special appeal for handicapped children. Both rhythm and form provide a structure in which children can participate, even though they may be denied active participation in rhythmic physical movement or in precise speech or writing because of their handicap. Poems of description or narration give children modes of expression which they may use in their own speaking or writing. Above all, poems should be given to children for enjoyment, in the hope that they will provide riches in years to come. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on Children's/Young Adults Literature (3rd, Tuscaloosa, AL, February 1981).