Should we force kids to memorise poems? Part 3 – Should we?

...to the real.

In the last post I talked about how memorising poems meant I finally sat down and spent more time thinking about each poem than I had before.  I mentioned how the process motivated me naturally to want to seek out deeper and deeper meaning in the poem, and how I spent time thinking about the poet’s deliberate choice of particular words.  It has expanded my vocabulary, since in wanting to understand, I must first know what each word means, and then since the poem is memorised, the new vocabulary becomes memorised with it.  I talked about the benefits and advantages I felt that memorising the poems had brought me, as well the kindled passion for poetry I now enjoy.  None of this yet speaks directly to the question at hand, though; should kids memorise poems in school?

I say yes.

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I say yes, because it was what worked for…

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About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.
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One Response to Should we force kids to memorise poems? Part 3 – Should we?

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