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Thread: April is National Poetry Month. Why do you read poetry?

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    In the vast expanse of center field Larry M's Avatar
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    I rarely read poetry.

    However, a few months ago, while teaching a vocabulary lesson for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade small groups, using Robert Marzano's Teaching Basic and Advanced Vocabulary, one of the modals in the book listed poetry terms, and it made me stop and notice. The word 'limerick' sort of jumped out at me, and I took a side trip and read several (clean) limericks to the students.

    That lead me to spending two weeks teaching the students to write limericks. I wrote a dozen or more myself during this time, even submitting several sets to various publications. Most of the kids enjoyed the exercise, and many of them produced funny and correct forms of the short poetry.

    Several students told me they were so inspired, they went to the library to check out books of poetry.

    The whole thing made me realize that while I had been an avid poetry reader as a kid, I had forgotten the power of this form of writing.

    I especially like the limerick form of poetry because I enjoy the humor and the rhyme and meter pattern.
    Last edited by Larry M; 04-06-2018 at 11:06 PM.

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