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Song and Poetry for

Young Learners
Baraa bin Wan Daud
Akmal Asyraf bin Mohd Zin

POEM

All Things Bright and


Beautiful
All things brightand beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,


The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Pedagogical Principle

Content
This poem consists of many adjectives that can be
learn by the young learners.

Bright
Beautiful
Great
Small

The language used inside the poem is simple and


can be easily understood by the young learners.
The sentence structure are also almost the same
for each stanza which make it easy to be read.

Values
This poem also stresses on good value, that is to
be grateful to God.
It can teach the young learners to be more
appreciative and grateful for what they have
around them.
It can also strengthen our faith in our religions and
beliefs.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Age
The poem is suitable for young children.
It uses simple sentence structures and does not
have words that are difficult or too long for the
children to understand.

Purpose with reference


to the primary English
language curriculum

Linguistic reason
This poem helps to teach young learners about adjectives
and also to add some more vocabulary to their knowledge.
Adjectives
Bright
Beautiful
Small

Other vocabs
Flower
Bird
Mountain

Learning adjectives is very important for the young


learners so they will be able to describe objects using the
adjectives.
This poem can also teach the children about rhyme in
poetry.

Linking to the Malaysian primary


ESL curriculum
Poetry is a part of Language Art, which is the
fourth module after Listening and Speaking,
Reading, and Writing.
The chosen poem can be presented under the
theme World of Knowledge that can makes
learning more meaningful and purposeful since
the language input is put under the given theme.
By doing activities related to the poem, learners
will be able to gain more understanding on the
given topic.
For example: Listing the adjectives, listing the
described objects, make a new poem etc.

Although it is included in the Language Art


module, we can also use poems to teach topics
related to the other modules (Listening and

SONG

Twinkle twinkle little star


Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Pedagogical principles
Content
The song uses very simple vocabulary for the
children. The meaning of the words are also easy
and clear.
Interest
This song is motivating and develop the students
imagination about the star. The song also arouses
their curiosity of the star and when they keep
wondering about the star in the lyric, their desire to
learn will automatically increase.

Proficiency level
The level of songs lyric is suitable for the young
children. The vocabulary of the lyrics is
comprehensible and easy to adapt. The words in the
lyrics are simplified and there are repetitions. Plus
the song is sung at a slow pace.

Purpose with reference to the primary English language


curriculum

Affective reason
I have chosen this song to boost their mood to be
more cheerful because children like to sing.
Moreover, their feeling to know more will born. Such
as the feeling to know what is the real shape of the
star. To encourage creativity and use of imagination

Cognitive reason
It is about automatisation. The lyrics of the song is
repetitive. The level of grammar is appropriate, so
the students can sing fluently without pausing. After
listening to the song, the students can create their
own lyrics with the same tune.

Linguistic reason
By using this song, the pupils skills in learning
English can be enhanced. For example, they can
learn about rhyme. The rhyme of this song is a a, b
b, c c.

Linkages to the dimensions in the Malaysian primary


ESL curriculum.
Pupil will enjoy this song because it is an action
song. For example when they sing the word
twinkle they can make action using their hand.
This song will also enhance their oral skills
because they will repeat the lyrics again and
again fluently.
By doing meaningful activities, pupils will gain a
rich and invaluable experience after singing and
making activities using this song.
Last but not least, they will learn to appreciate the
songs and apply it in their life as stated in the
KSSR which is the Language Arts content
standard.

References
http://www.kidsongs.com/lyrics/twinkle-twinkle-litt
le-star.html
http://
www.storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/allthings.html