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ERIC Number: EJ1095020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Essential Poetry: Activating the Imagination in the Elementary Classroom
Cronmiller, Sue
Journal for Learning Through the Arts, v3 n1 Article 7 2007
Does poetry have a place in elementary education? Can reading and writing poetry offer elementary learners a way to imagine (and to image) the world through personal insight, to organize and interpret their experience, and to discover meaningful connections to other areas of knowledge? If so, how should these modes of interaction and interpretation be taught? This article examines poetry's place in the California Content Standards for Language Arts, illustrates and defends a foundation for teaching poetry to students in the 3rd grade and analyzes examples of student writing in the 3rd 4th and 5th grades taught by the author through a project she developed at a dual immersion charter school in an underserved school district.
Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability. University of California Irvine, School of Biological Sciences III, Office 2656, Irvine, CA 92697. Tel: 949-824-4317; Fax: 949-824-2965; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California