ERIC Number: ED337784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Enriching and Increasing Kindergarteners' Knowledge, Ability to Recite, Write, and Appreciate Poetry Integrated across a Standardized Curriculum.
A practicum was designed to improve 30 kindergarteners' understanding, enjoyment of, and ability to compose poetry integrated across the curriculum in order to enhance their cognition and reading skills. The practicum was also designed to impart the value of teaching poetry to young children. Parents were involved in the process. The practicum offered a poetry supplement integrated across the curriculum for use by teachers and a history of rhyme and poetry for use by teachers and parents, administered surveys to parents and children, administered pre- and posttests to kindergarten pupils, organized daily experiences for the children's classroom poetry exposure and opportunities for display of their work, and presented a poetry production by the children to their school. Analysis of the data revealed that 11 of the 13 goals were met which exceeded projection, and 2 goals were met at a high level. The results strongly demonstrated that: using poetry daily can increase children's poetry skills and curriculum cognition; use of phonology, alliteration, and rhyme can facilitate early reading ability; and teachers and parents can gain more competence and self-esteem by using poetry. (Fifteen tables of data are included. Sixteen assessment instruments, forms, and checklists; a list of supplies, equipment and materials; a poetry supplement to a standardized curriculum; and an essay entitled "Origin and History of Rhyme and Poetry" are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.