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Core Poetry

Did you know poetry started the Core Knowledge movement?  It's true.  While teaching two poems, founder E. D. Hirsch Jr. realized  a rich knowledge base made it easier for his students to read with comprehension and critically solve problems.  Hirsch built the Core Knowledge curriculum based on this discovery.  (read full article here)   

 Poetry is an important part of the Core classroom as it: 


  • - opens opportunities for students to examine meaning, speak in public, and practice memorization; 
  • - teaches the beat and inflection of the English language through rhythms and sounds; 
      • - spans time periods, topics, and viewpoints within a few short stanzas;
      • - shows what is possible with English grammar and language; 
      • - and creates a natural discussion centered on ideas and language (literal and figurative). 


Below are lists of each grade level's poems.   All poems coordinate with specific content domains taught at each grade level.  

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  186k v. 1 Aug 10, 2016, 5:09 PM CAT Global
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  82k v. 1 Aug 10, 2016, 5:11 PM CAT Global
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  172k v. 1 Aug 10, 2016, 5:11 PM CAT Global
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