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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 textual analysis and provide a channel for self-expression and creativity.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Delving into complex, nuanced poems challenges students to interpret multiple meanings, see the power of words, and broaden their understanding of Syntax. Reading, writing, and reciting poetry in class, whether it is rhyming or free-form, provides an outlet for creative expression and emphasizes the importance of the genre. Poetry can also be a great resource to build social and emotional learning, fostering empathy and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.
  • 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' Reading Fluency and Vocabulary. Digital libraries can also include alternative forms of poetry such as spoken word, which can be especially relevant and moving for adolescents. Including poetry about other disciplines like history is another way to make learning fun while improving students' Disciplinary Literacy.
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