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Rich Library: Poetry


With figurative language and creative sentence structure, poetry supports the development of a deeper understanding of the different ways language makes meaning. Diverse collections of poetry can also engage all learners in meaningful Verbal Reasoning and provide a channel for self-expression, which is important for deeper understanding of Emotion in this age group.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how these elementary teachers provide rich examples and opportunities to write poems in their classrooms.

  • Reading, writing, and reciting poetry in class, whether it is rhyming or free-form, allows for students to practice hearing and speaking in different ways, promoting self-expression. Using poetry to teach concepts like rhyming words can improve Phonological Processing, Vocabulary, and Genre Knowledge.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    iF Poems includes 270 classic poems and audio recordings. With charming illustrations and the ability to browse poems based on category or age, this app allows learners to enjoy a full range of poetry.

  • Digital libraries can provide collections of poetry to strengthen learners' fluency, Phonological Processing, and Vocabulary. Poetry is also a great resource to build social and emotional learning, especially with regards to Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.
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