Poetry is the natural language of children. When children are observed at play, their enjoyment of rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, and other elements of poetry is obvious. One would assume that poetry would be emphasized in language arts instruction; however, this literature form is often a neglected aspect of this curriculum. Survey research suggests that the sharing of poetry by teachers with their classes decreases as students enter the intermediate grades and middle school grades.
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