Poetry supports the development of the building block of literacy as defined in Put Reading First, the Common Core State Standards, and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
2. Poetry supports the development of the traits of good writing and addresses needs to raise the standards for writing.
3. Poetry is an excellent venue to teach and reinforce discrete grammar and vocabulary skills.
4. Poetry provides a focus for reading and writing, and helps students learn how to be concise.
5. Poetry supports components defined in brain research, such as the importance of searching for patterns, and is an acceptable way for students to express emotions and feelings.