ERIC Number: ED451516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
In Bringing Children and Poetry Together, Teaching Matters.
Poetry provides language that is most likely to amaze, astonish, and delight reader and hearer. And children, before school spoils it for them, seem to have a natural affinity for poetry and verse. This paper discusses the ways in which children respond to poetry. The paper notes that relatively little research has been done to determine how significant and long-term study of poetry and verse might both "affect" and "effect" literacy development, probably because few educators take poetry seriously enough to study its effect on reading and writing. It finds that there are, however, proofs of the power of poetry in a literary education, and provides some examples. The paper then describes a graduate course, "Poetry for Children," given at Queens College. It presents examples of what some of the course's students have to tell about using poetry in their elementary school classes. (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A