FEBRUARY 1, 2016
“POETRY - DOES ANYONE READ IT ANYMORE?”
Linda M. Penn
Roses are red,
Violets are red,
Will you be my Valentine?
Yes, you, you, you!
Do you remember those cute little Valentine’s Day cards and how you searched through the whole package of cards to find the one for that special someone in your class? I remember my daughters’ excitement when we shopped for their Valentine’s Day cards to give out – should they be Scooby Doo, Barbi, or Wonder Woman?
As a teacher, I remember I planned a Language Arts Unit on Poetry for January and February. We started with a study of nursery rhymes and ended the unit with the students writing their own Valentine’s Day card for a special someone plus writing a poem on winter.
I have to admit I bought very few poetry books for my own kids EXCEPT when they were babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They loved the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and the cute pictures. I give credit to these types of books for helping my kids learn to read, as well as the little ones I taught in grades K, 1, and 2.
And today? I know Dr. Seuss books are still very popular with little ones, not sure about the use of poetry in upper elementary, middle, or high schools. Sure hope they study famous poets like Keats, Shakespeare, Poe. (TEACHERS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT PLACE POETRY IS PLAYING IN YOUR CURRICULUM TODAY, THANKS.)
If you are a teacher or parent and wish to have your kids experience more poetry, I found two websites that you might find helpful.
These sites have lists of rhyming words by categories. Also, you can type in a word and you get rhyming words for that word by syllable count. (Wish I knew about these sites when I was teaching!)
In closing, put excitement into the kids (AND YOU) about poetry. Find ones that are relatable to their interests, read them aloud with various accents, do group reading, use appropriate gestures, act them out, AND ALLOW THEM TO GIGGLE AND LAUGH! Keep it simple but fun.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and happy reading and writing! Challenge yourself and your kids to write personal Valentine’s Day cards. Love to all, God bless.
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