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Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions (plus time for students to memorize and prepare their recitations)|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
- Audio example: Playing the Sounds in the Word "Those"
- Online video of recitation of "Dulce Et Decorum Est"
- "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
- Internet-connected computer with projector and speakers
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.
- Close Reading Notes for "Those Winter Sundays"
- Literary Terms Quick Reference
- Three Vocal Warm-Ups to Create a Performance-Friendly Atmosphere
- Script for Playing the Sounds in the Word "Those"
- Getting Ready to Recite
- Recitation Reflection
- This activity assumes that students have already completed close reading activities focusing on sound and sense as they relate to the relationship between the speaker and his father in "Those Winter Sundays." Use or adapt the activities from Sessions One through Four of Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading to give students the necessary foundation.
- Prepare copies of necessary handouts and overhead transparencies of the poem and the Literary Terms Quick Reference.
- Review the Close Reading Notes for "Those Winter Sundays."
- Practice reading the poem aloud until you are sensitive to the sonic patterns and are able to present a fluid reading to the class, emphasizing the repeated sounds. This should not be a recitation, as students may take your performance as authoritative. It should simply be a good, fluent reading.
- Test the Audio Example of Playing the Sounds in the Word "Those" on your computers.
- Review the Script for Playing the Sounds in the Word "Those" and accompanying audio file.
- If performance is new to you or to your students, completing the performance exercises yourself prior to introducing them to your students will help you get a sense of the process and its rewards.
- Test the ReadWriteThink Notetaker tool on your computers. Ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.