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ERIC Number: ED355554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Poetry in the Middle School.
Ediger, Marlow
Pupils may well enjoy studying and writing poetry if quality methods of teaching are used. A student teacher taught a unit of study on the writing of poetry to a class of sixth grade pupils who had previously shown no interest in poetry. Active involvement by learners was stressed throughout the unit. Student interest was piqued with a bulletin board of four poets and samples of their poems, oral reading of several poems by Robert Louis Stevenson by the student teacher, an active discussion on his life, and the student teacher's recitation from memory of his poem "My Shadow." Two students volunteered to memorize the poem and recited it the next day, with other students drawing pictures of their responses as they listened. Students indicated an interest in writing rhymed verse, so the class studied and wrote quatrains. One class member's mother, a published poet, came to class and spoke. Thus, students experienced a rich, exciting unit on poetry. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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