Pairing Picturebooks and Poetry to Teach Content Area Material Across the Curriculum


  • William Bintz Kent State University


paired text, literature, poetry, content areas




This article introduces a new and exciting way to pair text. This new way is to pair text from two different genres, namely, pair picturebooks and poetry. It shares an extensive collection of paired text of picturebooks and poetry across the curriculum and also shares samples of instructional strategies that teachers can use with these and other paired text of picturebooks and poetry to engage student learning across the curriculum. It ends with some concluding thoughts.



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