I actually don’t believe that kids do hate poetry. But I do think that some teachers are afraid of it, and their aversion to reading and writing poetry is carried over to their students in a kind of osmosis action.
Most kids start off with picture books, with rhyming or at least rhythmic text, and they sure start off with songs. What are song lyrics if they aren’t poetry? But there is a point at which poetry can become a “teaching tool”, or “something in the curriculum that has to be dealt with”. And thus the “ugh” osmosis begins.
Imagine if you were teaching your students how to take a wonderful photo (using their unique point of view on the world) and post it to your class website with a pithy caption? Imagine if you challenged your students to create a fun word puzzle, or a poster about their favourite topic that they could put on the wall and share with the others in their class? Now imagine them writing a fabulous poem about themselves, or their favourite sport or animal or someone they love, and putting that up on the wall?
I know – some would think – ask them to write a poem? How? So maybe have a read of this article and then look at some of the resources here, and just … have a go. Let your students run with it. Enjoy language. Love language. Have fun. Like I do. 🙂