Poetry Friday: Aliteracy Poem by Steven Layne

December 4th, 2009

This week’s poem comes from Steven Layne, whose new book Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers, is now available for full preview online!

Aliteracy Poem
Steven Layne

Mrs. Thompson’s second graders are amazing!
The principal says they can comprehend anything—
even a medical textbook.

Mrs. Thompson’s second graders are incredible!
The superintendent says their oral reading is completely seamless—
like the gentle flow of an eternal spring.

Mrs. Thompson’s second graders are fantastic!
The P.T.A. president says they finished the reading workbook and
the phonics workbook before the end of the Third Quarter.

Mrs. Thompson’s second graders worry me.
you see, i’m the aide who works in Mrs. Thompson’s classroom,
and i know something that the others don’t.

Mrs. Thompson’s second graders don’t like to read.

From Life’s Literacy Lessons: Poems for Teachers by Steven L. Layne. Copyright 2001 by
the International Reading Association. www.reading.org.

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