Lesson on Poetry

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Academy Street Elementary School fourth-graders had the chance to study poetry on a deeper level during a recent visit with English professor Daniel Linker.

Mr. Linker, the brother of fourth-grade teacher Carrie Almskog, spoke to the students about a poem they had read as part of their poetry unit. He began by doing a close reading of William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow." He led the students in examining each line of the poem and discussing its significance and meaning.  

The discussion deepened as the students began to draw a more symbolic understanding of what originally appeared to be a very short and straightforward poem.

The students and teachers learned a great deal about analyzing poetry and enjoyed Mr. Linker's presentation.