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Poetry List for 2009-2010

Here is a list of the poems the girls have memorized this year. Young children's natural ability to memorize is phenomenal. Memorizing vocabulary contextually within the poems has proven especially effective for application. A few examples.

The following are excerpts from two of Ellery's stories:

"Once in a night as dark as pitch, the ocean had a huge storm..."
quoted from, The Adventures of Isabel
by Ogden Nash.

"Maddie looked in the oven. It was a fearsome sight! The cupcakes were burnt."
quoted from The Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

Quote from Callista: "Don't be a twit!" also from The Dentist and the Crocodile.

Poems with a Message

"The Grumble Family"

"Careful with Words"
by Will Carleton

"My Kingdom"
by Louisa May Alcott

"Which Loved Best"
by Joy Allison

"The Owl"
by Edward Richards

"The Clock"

"No Matter"

"My Hands"

"The Road Not Taken"*
by Robert Frost

Just for Fun Poems

"My Sister Saw a Dinosaur"
by Maryann Hoberman

by Maryann Hoberman

by Maxine Kumin

"Mrs. Mitchell's Underwear"
by Dennis Lee

by Dorothy Aldis

by Maryann Hoberman

"The Adventures of Isabel"
by Ogden Nash

"The Dentist and the Crocodile"
by Roald Dahl

by Dorothy Aldis

by Laura Elizabeth Richards

"Daddy Fell Into the Pond"*
by Alfred Noyes

Holiday Poetry

"Long, Long Ago"

"Mr. Turkey"

"Double, Double Toil and Trouble"
by William Shakespeare

It is a little difficult to recite with this wretched thing smashed into his mouth...

I put these titles in a little jar. The children pick 2 a day to randomly recite. This has ensured they commit them to long term memory. If you need any of these poems in their entirety, just email me!

*For the remainder of the school year.

1 comment:

EmJay said...

I'd like a copy of them!