Teaching Poetry in the Primary Classroom

Teaching Poetry in the Primary Classroom

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When asked by the school inspector what he thought of poetry, an eleven year old replied that a€œita€™s all la-dida and daffodils, isna€™t it?a€ In his primary school the boy had come across very little poetry apart from nursery rhymes, snatches of rhyming verse and a few comic pieces and nonsense poems. Poetry to him was something arcane, not really related to his own life. He had studied no powerful, challenging, contemplative, arresting, quirky poems and had written very few poems himself. His teacher admitted that he was no English specialist, had received few ideas at college on the teaching of poetry and didna€™t really know where to start. As children progress through the primary school they need to be exposed to a rich diet of poetry and encouraged to read, perform and write it themselves. Providing a varied and stimulating environment is essential if is to flourish. In addition, children need specifi c guidance and ideas to start them off writing their own poems. This book, written by a former teacher and school inspector, and popular and widely published childrena€™s poet, offers an accessible, practical and structured programme for the teaching of this sometimes neglected aspect of the English curriculum.Becky and Claire produced a very clever and amusing alphabet poem: OUR ALPHABETICAL CLASS Angela is top in art, Bena#39;sbest at biology, Carola#39;s poems arereally nice, Dannya#39;s goodat ... Elsa daydreams all theday, Frankis football crazy, Graceis ace at outdoor games, Hyacinthis lazy. ... Chapter 10 Acrostic Poems.

Title:Teaching Poetry in the Primary Classroom
Author: Gervase Phinn
Publisher:Crown House Publishing - 2009-01-05

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