Growing with poetry: enhancing an appreciation of poetry in the primary classroom

Ryan, Nancy A. (2002) Growing with poetry: enhancing an appreciation of poetry in the primary classroom. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Poetry has a musical language appeal that is magic to the emotions of young children. Children, however, as they move from grade to grade gradually become less and less enthusiastic for poetry. As adults, many have an immense dislike for it. -- This project explores the decline in interest of poetry and looks at what can be done to improve the quality of the teaching of poetry in the primary grades. An informative poetry teacher resource guide to complement the A.P.E.F. provincial primary English language arts curriculum has been designed for primary educators. It is an attempt to promote the aesthetic appreciation of poetry as a pleasurable classroom activity. -- The project describes the recent research literature as it relates to the teaching and learning of poetry in the primary classroom. The resource guide contains the most commonly found elements and forms of children's poetry. Each poetic element and form is clearly defined, examples given, and additional poems from specific provincially authorized poetry anthologies are listed. Also included are listings of appealing topics of children's poetry and of children's poets. Suggestions for selecting quality poetry and how to create an affective classroom with poetry are given. Finally, an annotated bibliography of children's poetry books, professional teacher resources and informative Internet sites are described. -- Recommendations for implementation of what the resource guide contains are listed for the concern of teachers, schools, school districts, the Department of Education and university.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9444
Additional Information: Bibliography : leaves 56-59.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2002
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Poetry--Study and teaching (Primary)

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