Making Poetry Part of Your Read Aloud Repertoire

April is National Poetry Month, and even though the month is almost over I wanted to write a few posts that touched on poetry.  I think poetry is often an overlooked genre when parents look for a good text for reading aloud.  But, reading aloud poetry can be so much fun and it can help your child’s ability to read as well.  Poetry is a lively use of language and should be read aloud for pure enjoyment.  Here are a few tips on ways to incorporate poetry into your read aloud repertoire:

  • Choose poems that will engage your children.
  • Read the poem slowly and with meaning.  Emphasize words.  Allow the cadence of the poem to shine through.
  • Talk about how the words rhyme and how the poet used the words to convey meaning (depending on the age of your child).
  • If your child is able to read, have him or her read aloud a poem or two to you.  This will help build fluency within a reader.
  • Just have fun with it!  Be silly and enjoy the poems!

A few poetry suggestions:

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky

The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury (Treasured Gifts for the Holidays)

If you are interested in a bit more complex poetry or complex ways to incorporate poetry, I’ve been reviewing poetry picture books at Picture This!  Teaching with Picture Books all month.  So far, I’ve reviewed Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, and Poetry Speaks to Children.

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4 Responses to “Making Poetry Part of Your Read Aloud Repertoire”

  1. Beth Zemble Says:

    Hearing poetry read aloud can help children develop and appreciation for poetry. It makes more sense when read aloud. Reading poetry aloud can also help children with grammatical concepts. To read poetry aloud meaningfully, the reader needs to pay attention to grammatical clues and read not to the end of a line, but to the end of a complete thought. Reading poetry can help students understand fragments and run-on sentences.

  2. Erin @ Letter Soup Says:

    I just found your blog and I love it! I’m very new to blogging, and as I learn my way around, I’m thrilled to find some amazing (new-to-me) literacy resources like this one. I’m sure I’ll be linking to you often. -Starting with this great poetry post. I was just sitting down to post on poetry myself tonight, and you pretty much covered it. 🙂

  3. LetterSoup: P is for Poetry Says:

    […] some fabulous literacy sites for poetry inspiration, and here are just a few links I like:  Literacy Toolbox: Making Poetry Part of Your Read Aloud Repetoire Also, I'm looking forward to checking out poetry4kids.com, which I found through the very awesome […]

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