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ERIC Number: ED435961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Poetry To Teach Phonics.
Ediger, Marlow
Hearing poetry read aloud should help pupils to achieve feelings of being relaxed and reenergized. Poetry might help pupils to achieve vital objectives in reading. Phonics instruction could become an inherent part of the reading of poems. For example, a student teacher and a cooperating teacher introduced pupils to a unit on "Poetry with Rhyme" which involved the teaching team reading personally composed couplets to pupils. Pupils were asked to choose two words which rhyme; peer writing was then emphasized with each set of two writers writing a couplet. Pupils again selected the two rhyming words to add to those contained in the couplet. Learners then brainstormed additional rhyming words having more than a single letter for an onset. There was much enthusiasm in brainstorming sessions to obtain rhyming words. Learners seemingly were able to use the onset/rime approach to determine unknown words in reading as well as to use a variety of words to show clarity and diversity of words in written discourse. Triplets and quatrains were also written in this manner. Finally the teaching team led the class in writing a limerick, after they first prepared by reading two Edward Lear limericks and discovered the ingredients by observing the written form on the screen. Poetry writing can be an enjoyable way to learn what is useful in word recognition. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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