Poetry program targets reading

As the third-graders read in small groups and on their own, nearly two dozen poems hung on the classroom walls around them.

The students had marked up the poems, identifying words they’d not seen before and needed to learn the meanings of, such as cruel and ravenous. Some of the words, zwieback for example, also prompted some adults to reach for a dictionary.

About 85 second- and third-grade Clark-Pleasant students have been in summer school this month, using poems, including “I’m Getting Sick of Peanut Butter,” “The Famous Flea Circus” and “Adventures of Isabel,” to develop stronger reading skills.

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