What Are Some Good Poems to Use in a Fourth-Grade Classroom?


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Carl Sandburg's "Fog," Robert Frost's "Dust of Snow" and Emma Lazarus' "The New Colossus" are all poems that are appropriate for teachers to use in a fourth-grade classroom. As of 2015, each poem is listed in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.

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Each poem is fairly short but loaded with strong imagery and symbolism. In Frost's "Dust of Snow," the speaker comments on a moment when a crow on a hemlock tree shakes snow onto him. Sandburg's "Fog" describes a passing fog as though it is a living creature with consciousness. Lazarus' "The New Colossus" discusses what the Statue of Liberty represents to immigrants who come to the United States.

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