The Missouri Reader Vol. 42, Issue 2 | Page 2

Promoting Literacy Throughout the

State of Missouri

Journal of the

Missouri Literacy Association


Sam Bommarito, Ed.D.

Jennings Schools (retired)

Volume 42, Issue 2

Spring 2019


Glenda Nugent M.Ed.

Little Rock Schools (retired)


And Beyond!

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The Missouri Reader

Vol. 42, Issue 2

Editorial Board 2018-2019

Ann Powell-Brown, Ph.D.

University of Central Missouri

Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D. Webster University

Julie Bryant, Ed.D. Southwest Baptist University

Dawna Buchanan, Ph.D.

University of Central Missouri

Angela Danley, Ed.D.

University of Central Missouri

Lauren Edmondson, Ed.D.

Drury University

Jennifer Fox, Ed.D.

Southwest Baptist University

Diana Houlle

Harmony Elementary School

Blue Valley School District

Annemarie Jay, Ph.D

Widener University

William Kerns, Ph.D.

Harris Stowe State University

Dianne Koehnecke, Ed. D. Webster University

Anita Lael, Ed.D

Lincoln University

Kayla Lewis, Ph. D.

Missouri State University

Denise Mounts Ed.D.

University of Arkansas

Molly Ness, M.Ed.

Fordham University

Katherine O'Daniels, Ph.D. University of MO-St. Louis

Lara Nugent, M.Ed.

University of Missouri

Cynthia Hail Wilson, Ph.D. Missouri State University

Many thanks to these reviewers! We invite you to become a member of the Editorial Board by contacting Glenda Nugent.

The Missouri Reader is a peer-reviewed online journal that is published twice a year by the Missouri Literacy Association, an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, as a thoughtful forum for the consideration of issues, practices, research, and ideas in the field of literacy. Its contents do not reflect or imply endorsement by the Missouri Literacy Association or the International Literacy Assicuatuib Association.

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SPECIAL SECTION: Poetry, a Path to Literacy

Poetry, The Game Changer-David Harrison

Missouri poet David Harrison’s feature article reinforces poetry’s

effectiveness as a teaching tool as established by research and


How Songs and Poems Help Your Children Learn To Read!-Eric Litwin

Children’s author Eric Litwin shares his favorite connections

between songs, poems, and learning to read. And they are FUN!

Poetry Across the Curriculum:

An Approach for Learning Vocabulary and Content-Mary Jo Fresch

Engage your students and make lasting memories by pulling poetry

into your content areas with these ideas!

Today, Choose Joy: Joyfulness in Fluent Reading

Melissa Cheesman SmithThe co-author of The Megabook of Fluency

discusses the relationship between joy and fluency in reading.

Literacy is a Family Affair: Introducing a Love for Poetry-

William Kerns and Betty Porter Walls

The authors of this article, teacher educators who have joined preservice teachers and parents in shared literacy experiences with children that include read-aloud of poetry and prose, share ideas that involve the community.

Nine Reasons Why I Like Poetry (and Song) for Teaching Reading

Timothy Rasinski

(SIDEBAR: WORD LADDER) Well-known literacy expert,

Timothy Rasinski, shares several reasons why poetry should be at

the heart of instruction for younger and struggling readers.

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Keys to Reading Success-Jamie Bendorf

Read about strategies at home and a positive attitude toward reading that are two key contributing factors to reading success.