University of Delaware

Poetry in Harmony

by Heather Ciano

This research project explores how music can enhance literacy and poetry curricula. Due to the recent budget cuts in arts education and unsatisfactory literacy skills nationwide, this project focuses on how having a greater knowledge of music can influence students’ understanding of poetry and literacy techniques. Six lessons separated into either two or three segments have been created which involve both English topics and music standards for elementary school children. These lessons compliment the wide array of literature on the influence of music on English education. The music concepts targeted include rhythm patterns, repeating patterns, dynamics, and musical instruments. These topics are being used to help students understand onomatopoeia, quatrains, haikus, rhyming, hard and soft letter sounds, descriptive words, and reading comprehension skills.