Expose your students to a variety of poems and to the language, rhythm, and expression of emotion that make up a poem. Include poetry to assist involvement in daily skill practice such as memory skills, recalling information, comparing and contrasting, counting skills, thesaurus and dictionary use, sequencing, and vocabulary development. The following collection of activity sheets contains short-answer questions about famous poems. After your students have read each poem, they must find the answers to questions about specific characters and events, using words and phrases from the poem itself. The poetry works covered include "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, and "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt. Answer keys have been provided for each worksheet for instructors.
Make poetry a part of everyday activities to nurture the appreciation of poetry. Review each poetry form with the students prior to having them write and remember to allow time for students to share their poems. Fun Fact: "The Epic of Gilgamesh," written about 2150 BC, is generally considered to be the oldest surviving piece of written poetry in the world. Scroll down to see some the most famous works that we are all familiar with.