Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this research project was to create a narrative poem for children in kindergarten through fifth grade about the immigrants to Iowa. The author began with a literature review of children's poetry preferences, children's attitudes about poetry, and the integration of poetry into the classroom. A bibliography of source material was created using selections from Basic Iowa Materials and the web site, The Ultimate Collection of News Links. The author also used five classic narrative poems as models and the elements of good book design recommended by experts as guidelines. A narrative poem was produced using rhythm and rhyme to help Iowa children begin to understand their connection to Iowa history and culture. The poem began with a description of pre-historic peoples and ended with an invitation to the readers/listeners to explore their own family histories. Sketches were added to enhance the visual imagery of the poem.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
1 PDF file (iii, 42 pages)
©1999 Ann Gumz
Gumz, Ann, "A Narrative Poem of Iowa’s Immigrants" (1999). Graduate Research Papers. 2913.