Suggestions for What to Teach
Poetry can be studied by the whole family together. We recommend reading poems of your preference from an anthology, or collection (like Favorite Poems Old and New), every week, as well as studying one poet sometime during the year. The twelve poets listed below are the poets we recommend. Click on any poet’s name to see corresponding resources in our CM Bookfinder. Keep in mind that you’ll probably also find several of the poet’s works in an anthology as well.
|1||Robert Louis Stevenson||To do a poet study, read poems by your selected poet for several weeks (six or so). If possible, read a short, interesting biography about that poet as well.|
|8||Alfred, Lord Tennyson|
|10||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|12||Ralph Waldo Emerson|
How to Teach
Charlotte believed that good poetry was the highest form of literature, and she shared it often with her students.
Read and recite poetry aloud frequently, enjoying the poem together. You can read poems about nature, the seasons, holidays, and life events. Or you can focus on the poems of one poet for a few weeks, reading a biography about that poet sometime during those weeks. Occasionally assign a poem for dictation or recitation. That’s it. Don’t analyze a poem to death; simply read it and enjoy it. Older students may be asked to narrate a poem, or you can ask them to write some of their history narrations in poetry form.