will learn about the foundations of poetry read out
loud in front of audience. At this level, the focus
is on just "getting it out" and encouraging
students to get up in front of the class.
--We start by making sure that the kids know they
will not be forced to read in front of the class--
remove fear and encourage joy
--The kids come up with a poem-- they may already
have one, or they write it on the spot
--Again, the focus is not really on the text/ meaning
of the poems, as long as they have something to share
--I start off by reading one of my poems. Make it
a dramatic one that makes them laugh and has lots
of rising/ descending, voices, and so on
--Discuss the different elements of the poem that
made it good to read out loud
--Kids are called up in order to read their poems.
This makes certain that the more outgoing kids don't
dominate the session and everyone gets a turn in due
Kids who don't want to read their poem don't have
to. I will read them out loud for them, and point
out the good parts as I go along.