Read prose and poetry aloud with fluency, rhythm, and pace, using appropriate intonation and vocal patterns to emphasize important passages of the text being read.
Student can identify a poem. Student knows that a poem is read differently than other types of text. Student knows to look for clues like line breaks and punctuation marks in the poem determine how it should be read.
Once children get older, poetry is not used as much in the classroom as the focus becomes more on informational texts and longer reading passages. Make sure your child is still exposed to poetry at home. Go to your local library or bookstore and find a fun collection of poems to read together.
If your child is having a hard time reading a poem with proper fluency and intonation, make a copy of the text. Read the text with your child. Have your child reread to practice.
Writing poetry is also a great way for children to get practice with poems. After reading a poem that your child really likes, suggest that they write a poem in the style of the poem they like.
Libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops will often offer poetry readings. Find one that is appropriate for children and attend with your child.
If your child is having a hard time reading poetry, encourage your child to look at punctuation and line breaks to help them with fluency, pacing, and intonation.