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Evan-Moor Introduces Read and Understand Poetry for Young Students

Posted Apr 14, 2005
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Evan-Moor Educational Publishers has introduced this month—April, National Poetry Month—Read & Understand Poetry for grades 2-6, a new resource to help teachers guide students in reading and responding to poetry.

In Read and Understand Poetry, lessons guide teachers in introducing and reading poems chosen especially for students at their grade level, according to the announcement. Each title in the series contains approximately 27 poetry selections ranging from rhyming verse and haiku to free verse, limerick, and ballad.

Each poetry selection in Read and Understand Poetry is accompanied by a Teacher Page, which provides background information that helps introduce students to language arts skills unique to poetry. Additionally, the Teacher Page contains guidelines for developing key poetry concepts and vocabulary, such as similes and metaphors, personification, alliteration, accent/stress, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia.

Following each poetry selection are two Activity Pages that help students consolidate what they have learned. The first page presents questions covering literal comprehension, sequence, word meanings, context clues and inferences, and main idea and details. The second page encourages critical thinking and creativity, according to the announcement. It includes activities that invite students to share their opinions as they respond to open-ended questions, try their hand at poetic techniques such as onomatopoeia or alliteration, or write a poem of their own.

Additional student resources contained in Read and Understand Poetry include a seven-page, kid-friendly Glossary of Poetry Terms, such as alliteration and simile. An About the Poets section presents brief information on each of the poets included in the anthology, featuring well-known classic and contemporary poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Pat Mora, and William Shakespeare.

The Read and Understand Poetry series contains four titles available for grades 2-3, grades 3-4, grades 4-5 and grades 5-6. Each title retails for $14.99 and can be previewed online in its entirety at the Evan-Moor Educational Publishers Website. 

Source Evan-Moor Educational Publishers,

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