Convinced that poetry is one of the first and best ways to convey a sense of the true and the beautiful to children, Berquist provides here a collection of all the poems she recommends in her best-selling ''Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum,'' supplemented by new selections for high school level children. Moving from reading aloud and memorization in the primary years, to analysis in the middle years, and finally to discussion of figures of speech, metaphor, and rhetorical application among older students, the book includes discussion questions and useful indexes and glossaries. ''Poetry appreciation'' is much too anemic a description of the purpose of this book; it is rather a tool to allow the power of poetry to overflow narrow bounds and nourish speaking, writing, and thinking.
An Eighth Day View:
Berquist presents this wide selection of the greatest poetry ever written for every age level from grades one through twelve. She also offers dictation selections to help develop a student's writing ability, along with study questions and answers for each poem. Includes poems by greats like Browning, Yeats, Longfellow, Shakespeare, Frost, Chesterton and many more.