Teachers Network
Translate Translate English to Chinese Translate English to French
  Translate English to German Translate English to Italian Translate English to Japan
  Translate English to Korean Russian Translate English to Spanish
Lesson Plan Search
Our Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Popular Teacher Designed Activities
TeachNet NYC Dirctory of Lesson Plans

VIDEOS FOR TEACHERS
RESOURCES
Teachers Network Leadership Institute
How-To Articles
Videos About Teaching
Effective Teachers Website
Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Teacher Research
For NYC Teachers
For New Teachers
HOW-TO ARTICLES
TEACHER RESEARCH
LINKS

GRANT WINNERS
TeachNet Grant:
Lesson Plans
2010
TeachNet Grant Winners
2009
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
2008
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
2007
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
Other Grant Winners
Power-to-Learn
Math and Science Learning
Ready-Set-Tech
Impact II
Grant Resources
Grant How-To's
Free Resources for Teachers
ABOUT
Our Mission
Funders
   Pacesetters
   Benefactors
   Donors
   Sponsors
   Contributors
   Friends
Press
   Articles
   Press Releases
Awards
   Cine
   Silver Reel
   2002 Educational Publishers Award

Sitemap

 

TeachNet NYC  |  Lesson Plans  |  Teachnet

Out Loud: Preparing for a Poetry Read-Aloud

Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/MBHS/Scragg/Poetry/opening.html

How it works:
This program prepares students for a public poetry-reading performance. It was originally constructed to prepare students for the National Read-Aloud that occurs during National Poetry Month every April, but it can be used for any public poetry performance. It uses the Internet to enhance student performance and provide material; students can consult online experts and reference thousands of poems via online databases.

Standard addressed: 
Students prepare and analyze an individual presentation, listen to and analyze a public speaking performance, respond to poetry using interpretive and critical processes, produce a response to literature, utilize technology for research and information, read and comprehend literature of the same genre, participate in group meetings, and make informed judgments about TV, radio, and film. 

Materials used: 
Required materials include a computer with Internet connection, an LCD projector, videos and film. A video camera is also helpful if available.

The students:
Murry Bergtraum High School is a large high school located in downtown Manhattan with a range of students of varying abilities. It is a magnet school, not a neighborhood school, and attracts students from all five boroughs of New York City. The students were members of a small journalism class that expressed an interest in poetry. Many of them had the same teacher for up to four semesters in a row. Therefore, an atmosphere of trust, where taking risks are respected, had been established early-on.

Overall value:
Out Loud enables students to use the Internet and technology--not to remain silent, but to enhance performance. Using available technology and the Internet as a main resource, students were able to increase their comfort level, search for materials, and seek specific advice on performance and poetry reading. The students were so well-prepared at the read-aloud that they were requested to visit every day and during free periods to enhance the reading.

Tips: 
Allowing students to work together enhances their creativity and also increases their comfort level. Try to videotape (or at least tape the audio portion of) an early performance. Students receive tremendous value by listening and watching themselves before making their performances public. Make sure you set an accepting tone in your classroom, otherwise students will be apprehensive about participating.
   

 

Come across an outdated link?
Please visit The Wayback Machine to find what you are looking for.

 

Journey Back to the Great Before