Poetry is a great tool for every English classroom. Whether you are a middle school, high school, college, or even an ESL teacher, it is an amazing activity for your students to express themselves and show their inner creativity.
Poetry is an excellent teaching tool for a variety of reasons:
- Poetry uses an assortion of literary elements. You can ask your students to use a variety of elements in their writing like metaphors, similes, alliterations, etc.
- Students can use specific rhythm in their writing. For example, have students write a poem in iambic.
- It can easily be used to teach vocabulary. Have students use specific vocabulary words in their writing. Using vocabulary is the best way to learn it.
- Poetry helps creativity. Use it to test students on their creative abilities.
These are just a few of the reasons why teaching poetry in the classroom should be a requirement at all levels.(Continue reading…)