Reading with Poetry
Volume 1 Number 7 April 2007
Dr. Stanley's "Improve Children's
Reading with Poetry" and the Reading Calendar are a
monthly feature of the Department of Childhood Education,
University of North Florida, 4567 Saint Johns Bluff Road,
South, Jacksonville, FL 32224
by Nile Stanley, Ph.D.
Chair, Childhood Education
April is National Poetry Month.
There's one important message that I hope you'll take away
from this month's reading calendar. Poetry helps children
learn to read. I know this from personal experience and as the
result of extensive research. Poetry's value as a teaching
tool should be experienced by anyone who teaches reading.
You'll be amazed at the results garnered by incorporating
poetry into your daily literacy instruction, and surprised
that your classroom has functioned for so long without it.
As a professor and author-in-residence
at Brentwood Elementary School (a predominately
African-American magnet school for the performing arts in
Jacksonville, Florida), I use poetry to teach reading to
pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. I perform for
thousands of children each year during class visits, school
assemblies, literacy celebrations, community events, and
Poetry enhances your standards-based
reading instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency,
vocabulary, and comprehension. It gives you a highly energetic
style of teaching. It forges your students' connections to
self, school, and community. It touches children at an
emotional level, engaging and involving them, especially when
they experience it as performance.
Check out my new online resources
-they're free and updated monthly!
Climbing the Poet-Tree Club videos
Reading Calendar of activities
Interviews with literacy leaders
Readers with Poetry (with Audio CD)
by Nile Stanley
Highly engaging poetry mini-lessons
focusing on the "fab five" of reading: phonemic awareness,
phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
See this month's associated
Reading Calendar (pdf)
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