Why Poetry for Reading Instruction? Because It Works! Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractPoetry can help develop in students a love for reading, writing, and playing with language, yet it is often a neglected literary form in many reading curricula. Those who see the value of poetry recognize it as the perfect genre for teaching phonics, fluency, and a love of language. The rhyming, rhythmical language of poetry provides the perfect backdrop for teaching word families (rimes/phonograms). Poetry also helps young readers develop fluency through the use of beautiful, melodic language that begs to be read repeatedly, which helps develop prosody and a lifelong love for literacy. The thoughtful selection of words also provides the right context for vocabulary development and critical thinking. However, for teachers who love poetry, the most important reason to use this text type may simply be that it works!

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Nichols, W. D., Rasinski, T. V., Rupley, W. H., Kellogg, R. A., & Paige, D. D.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Nichols, William Dee||Rasinski, Timothy V||Rupley, William H||Kellogg, Rachael A||Paige, David D

publication date

  • November 2018