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Developing Linguistic Patterns
through Poetry Memorization
by: Andrew Pudewa
Our Price: $65.00
Spiral Bound Book, 3 CDs, 1 DVD)
Our Price: $29.00
Memorized (or "by heart") language was a
mainstay of education for almost all of recorded history until about
60 years ago, when misguided educationists began to promulgate the
idea that memorization, along with other types of rote learning, was
harmful to children's creativity, understanding, and enjoyment of
learning. Sadly, as is obvious to any intelligent observer of our
culture, children are lacking a consistent source of reliably correct
and sophisticated language patterns.
Excellence in Writing comes alongside to provide a tool to reintroduce
you and your children to a vital but often neglected source of
powerful and sophisticated linguistic patterning available to
children: memorized language, especially memorized poetry.
Although memorizing and reciting daily so many poems may at first seem
like a daunting project which will require large amounts of time,
consider a few points:
- Given the huge benefits of memorizing poetry, it may well be one of
the best uses of your available school hours.
- Recitation of memorized poems can easily be done away from a desk -
perhaps in the car, while cooking or folding clothes, during a walk,
- Memorizing new poems gets easier in direct proportion to the number of
poems already memorized; in other words the more you have learned, the
faster you can learn more.
- The Audio CD recordings will help you use repetition so that students
can memorize poems more quickly and accurately; you don't have to do
it all yourself.
So, although it may seem like a huge undertaking,
give this system a try, and read the introduction to this book as
often as needed to be reminded of the importance of memorized poetry.
This new teaching tool includes:
- A workbook containing over 75 complete
poems with speech and soliloquy recommendations
- All the poems
read on CD for ease of memorization.
- Memory charts and certificates
- Poet biographies
you get the audio CDs, you will also receive a bonus DVD of Andrew Pudewa's conference talk, "Nurturing Competent Communicators."
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