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POETRY FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Content Pages
1 Dedication i

2 Introduction ii

3 Baa Baa Black Sheep 1

4 Cat Ate The Dumplings 2

5 Cock Robin 3

6 Pit-A-Pat-A-Parrot 4

7 I Feel Very Lonely 5

8 I Want A Dog 6

9 The Bird 7

10 The Little Black Rabbit 8

11 Fishes Come Bite 9

12 Birds Of A Feather 10

13 Poets’ Biography 11

14 Acknowledgement

DEDICATION
This booklet of anthology “Poetry For Young Learners” is
specifically dedicated to all our beloved young learners including
other participants of the course by members of the group namely
Norshamsinar binti Haji Aji, Nor Izam binti Mubin, Sumathi d/o
Vengadesan, Subha d/o Balakrishnan , Hazlina binti Muhammad
and Zainudin bin Mesran . We would also convey our gratitude
and appreciation towards our facilitators, Puan Zurina , Miss Elaine
Pang Ling Ling and Mr Ramesh who have successfully guide us
along the way.

INTRODUCTION
Poetry commonly appears as a sequence of lines arranged in stanzas rather than a
sequence of sentences within paragraphs. It is ultimately characterized more by
how it communicates than by what it communicates.

• poetry relies on the sound of the spoken language


• poetry relies on figurative language.

Poetry can tell a story, describe an object or situation, narrate an event, or simply
express feelings. Whatever the substance of the remarks and the ultimate
message, poetry is characterized by linguistic elements that go beyond standard
sentence structure.

The objectives in teaching poetry in the classroom include:

• to motivate the students’ interest in learning English Language thus


appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of poetry simultaneously.
• to build self confidence in oral skill by expressing themselves by taking part
actively during the recitation of poetry.
• to enjoy the lesson in a more creative way besides the formal lessons
• to enhance the students knowledge in various cultures through interesting
and exciting method .

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BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP


Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir.
Three bags full.
One for the master
and one for the dame.
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane
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CAT ATE THE DUMPLINGS


Pussy-cat ate the dumplings,
Pussy-cat ate the dumplings!
Mamma stood by ,and cried Oh
fie!
Why did you eat the dumplings?
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COCK ROBIN
Cock Robin got up early,
At the break of day,
And went to Jenny's window
To sing a roundelay.

He sang Cock ROBIN's love


To little Jenny Wren,
And when he unto the end
Then he began again.
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PIT-A-PAT-A-PARROT
Pit-a-pat-a-parrot
On her parrot back
Pit a little pat a little
don’t forget to scratch a little
don’t forget to chat
A little
She will learn the knack a little
If you pit-a-pat-a-parrot
If you chit-a-chat-a-parrot
While you scritch and scratch a parrot
She will chit and chat right back.
Grace Nichols

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I FEEL VERY LONELY


I feel very lonely
Now my hamster’s dead
We buried her this morning
Beside the flower bed.
She had a good life and died of
old age,
But I cry every time
I look at her cage
Charles Thomson .
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I WANT A DOG
I want a dog
Any sort of dog
A watchdog,
A sheepdog,
A guard dog,
A gun dog,
A work dog,
A fun dog,
But I want a dog!
Michaela Morgan.
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THE BIRD
Here are the legs that walk along,
Here is the beak that sings a song.
Here are the wings that flap and
spread
And here is the bird
Above my head.

Tony Mitton
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THE LITTLE BLACK RABBIT


Now who is this knocking
At cottontail’s door?
Tap tappit!Tap tappit!
She’s heard it before?
And when she peeps out
There is nobody there,
But a present of carrots
Put down on the stair.
Hark! I hear it again!
Tap,Tap,tappit!
Tap tappit!
Why-I really believe it’s a
Little black rabbit!

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FISHES COME BITE!
Fishes come bite!
Fishes come bite!
I have fished all day;
I will fish all night.
I sit in the rain in my lily-leaf
boat,
But never a minnow will bob my
float,
Fishes come bite!

F.WARNE

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BIRDS OFA FEATHER


My cat
is old.
All she wants is
food,warmth and a
comfy knee.
My old cat’s a home bird.
Like me.
Bernard Young

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Poets’ Biography

Michaela Morgan
Michaela has written many popular books for children. Her work includes

junior fiction, picture books, poetry and non-fiction. She is an award-

winning author. Michaela was a recommended read for World Book day

2007, was short-listed for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Children’s

Book Award, named an International Reading Association Children’s Choice

and has won a United Kingdom Reading Association Award. She has

contributed to many school book weeks, INSET courses and conferences.

Her work is published internationally.

Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols is an award-winning poet born in Georgetown, Guyana in

1950. After working in Guyana as a teacher and journalist, she immigrated

to the UK in 1977. Much of her poetry is characterised by Caribbean

rhythms and culture, and influenced by Guyanese and Amerindian folklore.

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Charles Thompson

Charles Thomson (born February 6, 1953) is an English artist, painter,

poet, photographer. In the early 1980s he was a member of The Medway


Poet. In 1999 he named and co-founded the Stuckists art movement with

Billy Childish. He has curated Stuckist shows, organised demonstrations

against the Turner Prize, run an art gallery, stood for parliament and

reported Charles Saatchi to the OFT. He is frequently quoted in the

media as an opponent of conceptual art. He was briefly married to artist

Stella Vine.

Tony Mitton

Tony Mitton was born in 1951 in North Africa, the son soldier. Until he

was 9 he lived mostly in Africa, Germany and Hong Kong. He went to

state boarding school in Suffolk and went on to do an English Literature

degree at Cambridge University. He then trained to be an English

teacher before making the switch to primary school teaching.

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Bernard Young

Bernard is a poet and performer who leads writing workshops for children

(and sometimes adults). He's performed in schools, libraries, leisure

centres, pubs, playgroups and supermarkets! and many literary festivals

including Hull, Ilkley, Lancaster and the Young Readers Birmingham

Festival. His poems feature in numerous anthologies for young readers


(including The Works, Poetry Store, Wizard Poems, Pet Poems, Family

Poems, Space Poems, How To Survive School, The Secret Life of Pants,

The Jumble Book) and have been broadcast on local and national radio and

on TV.

School visits usually begin with a performance in the hall followed by workshops.

(But I'm very flexible and fit in with what you want and, as you can see from my

picture, I accompany some of the poems with guitar).

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Acknowledgement
 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Thomson_(artist)

 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Nichols

 Foster.J (1999)Pit-a-Pat-a-Parrot and Other Poems; Oxford University Press

 John L.Foster & T.Carol (1996) Finger Rhymes; Oxford University Press

 John L.Foster (1987) Poetry 2 Macmilan Education Limited


 Sadler and Hayllar (1983) Enjoying More Poetry; Macmilan Education Australia

Limited

 www.classactagency.co.uk/authors_profiles/michaela_morgan.php - 17k

 www.jubileebooks.co.uk/jubilee/magazine/authors/tony_mitton/tony_mitton_writing

_process.asp - 26k

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