Welcome adventurers! You are about to "step into the poet's shoes." But, like Cinderella's glass slipper, only one shoe is right for you. To find the right fit, you will be trying on many different shoes--exploring a variety of poets and their poems to find a poet whose writing has special meaning for you. Once you have found your match, you will select a poem, slip into the poet's shoes, and perform your poem for the class.
During this activity, you will select a favorite poem and gather ideas for presenting that poem to the class. You will have the opportunity to listen to famous poets read their work, as well as to visit some more modern poetry "slams" and festivals. It is up to you to decide the best method for performing your poem for the class.
Once you have completed your research, you will be using the Thinking About Poetry handout, the Thinking About Poetry Notes handout, the links at the bottom of the Resources list, and the Preparing for Your Performance handout to help you prepare for your performance.
Use the following links to research various poets and their poetry.
To prepare for your presentation, use the following links.
Once you have selected and printed your poem, submit one copy of the poem to the teacher for approval, along with a paragraph explaining your reasons for selecting that poem. Include in your explanation what message you believe the poet is trying to express to the audience and what you think the poem means. Upon receiving the teacher's approval, you will have 1 week to prepare for your presentation. You are not expected to memorize the poem; however, you should be able to present your poem using eye contact and appropriate expression.
Take your time and read all the directions or information on a particular page. Be patient, some of the readings may take a little while to load. While you are waiting, answer the questions at the bottom on your Thinking About Poetry handout to make the best use of your time.
Congratulations! You've found the right fit and now you're ready to successfully step into the poet's shoes. Be sure to use the Preparing for Your Performance handout to help you get ready for your presentation!
This page written by Beth O'Connor in 2002
Last updated: July 5, 2005