That question got me thinking about how kids often encounter poetry in schools, versus how other topics are taught.
In mathematics. In nearly every area, the idea is to ignore the details and start by letting kids get their hands dirty—literally in the case of finger painting—because the first step in mastery is gaining confidence and real experience. We tell them to play around. Haikus in the right hands—a category which emphatically does not include my own hands—can be transcendent. But haikus are also phenomenally subtle. It also must be refreshingly simple to teach. And when teachers in most states these days barely have the funds for a piece of paper on which to print out a request for more funding, there are bigger issues to deal with than reexamining our methodology on poetry.
Cummings—ever bothering to use the shift key, look at how versatile and powerful English words can suddenly be. Rhythm and meter and emotions are still important to consider, even at the earliest stages of learning poetry. If we can help kids think of poetry as expansive rather than constrictive, they can discover just how many directions there are to explore.
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Seuss and Lewis Carroll find bouncy joy in nonsense words that magically make sense anyway. Nikki Grimes uses imagery and laser-specific moments to make the personal feel universal. N …Never forget how the settlers led the way, G …Giving thanks and blessing this special day.
Great balloons are floating by, cartoon creatures stories high, Mickey Mouse and Mother Goose, Snoopy and a mammoth moose. Here comes Santa, shaking hands as he waddles by the stands. The bands are marching, here they come, pipers pipe and drummers drum, hear the tubas and the flutes, see the clowns in silly suits.
Tell me, Mr. One little turkey better run away, For soon will come Thanksgiving day. Oh, gobble, gobble, gobble, Fat turkeys, fat turkeys. Oh, gobble, gobble, gobble, Fat turkeys are we. We walk very proudly and gobble so loudly, Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble. Oh, gobble, gobble, gobble. Fat turkeys are we. Strut about, strut about, Do the turkey trot! Strut about, strut about, Gobble, gobble, gobble! I heard Mr. Five fat turkeys are we. We spent all night in a tree.
We cooked turkey, nice and hot, Nice and hot, nice and hot. We cooked turkey nice and hot On Thanksgiving Day. We eat turkey a whole lot, A whole lot, a whole lot. We eat turkey a whole lot. It will not go away! Sandwiches and soup are fine. By the way, would you like mine? When Daddy carves the turkey, It is really quite a sight, I know he tries his hardest, But he never does it right.
Better than a dog or cat. Turkey, Turkey look at you Please be careful what you do. Thanksgiving day is almost here. We eat turkey every year. Go and hide out in the woods. Turkey, Mr. Turkey Nice and fat, nice and fat I am going to eat you I am going to eat you Just like that. Just like that.
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