Unit Code: EDU709
Unit Title: Literacy 2
This course will help you to teach poetry to your learners in primary schools. Poetry enables teachers to teach their students how to write, read, and understand any text. Poetry can give students a healthy outlet for expressing their emotions. Reading original poetry aloud in class can foster trust and empathy in the classroom, while also emphasizing speaking and listening skills that are often neglected in classes. Students who don’t like writing essays may like poetry, with its dearth of fixed rules and its kinship with rap. For these students, poetry can become a gateway to other forms of writing. It can help teach skills that come in handy with other kinds of writing. All forms of writing benefits from the powerful and concise phrases found in poems. Students can learn how to utilize grammar in their own writing by studying how poets do—and do not—abide by traditional writing rules in their work. Poetry can teach writing and grammar conventions by showing what happens when poets strip them away or pervert them for effect. Teachers should produce literature lovers as well as keen critics, striking a balance between teaching writing, grammar, and analytical strategies and then also helping students to see that literature should be mystifying. Poetry instills in learners deep critical thinking.