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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Four 30-minute sessions to review poetry and complete the analysis; five 20-minute sessions to prepare for the presentation|
Through the use of dramatic reading and the exploration of Internet resources, sixth through eighth grade students build a greater understanding of poetry and the poet's voice. Further, the experience requires students to analyze and develop their own interpretation of a poem’s meaning and representation through performance. Extension activities involve students giving an oral poetry performance of their own poetry.
McMaster, J.C. (1998). "Doing" literature: Using drama to build literacy. The Reading Teacher, 51, 574–584.
- Drama is a useful tool in developing affect in readers; it creates interest and motivation.
- Drama provides the opportunity for students to develop fluency through the repeated reading of a text selected for performance.
- Through drama, students develop a deeper understanding of text because it requires them to determine emphasis and interpretation.