Casey at the Bat Language Arts Curriculum Guide
- Casey is filled with rich language that not only makes for an aesthetically-pleasing presentation, but also impresses the listener with wonderful vocabulary that can expand the comprehension of listeners of all ages. Use the following vocabulary words from Casey to add to your language arts lessons: patron, stricken, grim, melancholy, recoil, dell, doff, defiance, haughty, grandeur, charity, writhe, visage, tumult, spheroid, stern, fraud.
- Dictionary work- have your children write each word and its definition. A good online dictionary for kids is this one, which also includes many word- and language-related games like the crossword creator and word search creator.
- While the writer of Casey at the Bat, Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was not a poet, his famous and enduring piece captured the hearts of the country and is still a favorite today. What is it about poetry that taps into human emotion so fully?
- Find books of poetry from your local library. Have a "poetry day" when each person flips through a separate book and chooses a favorite. All participating read their choice aloud and discuss each poem after it's read. Switch books and search again.
- American poets to explore: Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein, Gelett Burgess, Emily Dickinson.
- Read some of these other stories in poem form: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", Edgar Allen Poe "The Raven" (for older readers), Clement Clarke Moore "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
- Here are some baseball picture books to explore at your local library or purchase for your home. (PreK+)
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