In third grade at Advent, we memorize works of literature because we want our students to speak, read, and write well. The beauty of language is a life-time pursuit. The students memorize a variety of poetry by such authors as Robert Louis Stevenson and Langston Hughes and they learn the 23rd Psalm from the Bible.

In the essay, “In Defense of Memorization,” Michael Knox Beran states that “poetry turns on kids’ language capability. It not only teaches them to articulate English words; it heightens their feel for the intricacies and complexities of the English language- an indispensable attainment if they are to go on to speak, read, and write English with ease.” Memorizing poetry is an important part of every Advent student’s ability to communicate well.

A love of language is fostered by reading, writing, and memorizing poems that are works of art. We begin memory work at the beginning of the school year, which is recorded and compiled on a DVD and is sent home at the end of the year. Below are 2 students reciting their chosen poems.

Lee Stayer

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