Poetry Attitude Survey for Fourth and Fifth Graders

Poetry has been used in classrooms for many years as a teaching tool. However, teachers do not have a clear guideline for choosing poetry to share. By having students share what their preferences are, it will help to create a more effective teaching and learning experience. The purpose of the study was to answer the question: what elements of poetry and content do fourth and fifth grade students prefer when reading poetry? And in addition, does the gender of the student affect the element and content preference of the student? Two classes, a fourth and fifth grade combination and a fifth grade, in a middle class, suburban neighborhood were read 20 poems and completed surveys corresponding to these poems over the course of two weeks. The surveys were then analyzed and the data used to compile a short list that teachers can use to help them choose poetry, based on student’s preferences.