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I truly enjoyed reading the, “Poetry is Like Directions” article by Christine Duthie and Ellie Zumet. In their article, they talked about the importance of using poetry in their classroom. One could use some of their techniques and build imagination by having students pick out poems that they can relate to. I also like that the children were able to play with the forms and pick out different shapes and ways to display them on the bulletin board. What made reading this article so enjoyable was the fact that the students took it upon themselves to think of different categories to place their poems in, and they also realized that different poems mean different things depending on the person who reads it. The students were using their imagination and taking the poetry pieces places that the teachers didn’t even expect all on their own. Because the teacher also allowed the students to add their own pieces to their group anthology, the students were especially able to feel special. Their poems were formed using different repetition and rhyme if they wanted, but it was totally up to them. By having them be a part of the class anthology the students felt special that their work was published with everyone else’s.

In the article on, “Poetry Top 10,” Linaberger also mentioned how poetry is a scary subject to attempt to teach if the teacher isn’t sure how to go about teaching it. Linaberger referred to many teachers as using word lists instead of freely writing poetry. A great way to spark children’s imagination in poetry work is simply to read them good poetry and then ask them questions on the meanings. They can brainstorm different ideas, and also create their own without the stress of having to conform to any writing rules.

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