A. Two-Voice Poetry Readings (25 minutes)
- Explain to students that their poetry reading today will conclude all the work they have done during this module. Let students know that today is a celebration of their learning, and these poetry readings are a way to share their hard work.
- Set some expectations about being a good audience member. For instance:
* Focus on the poetry readers.
* It’s good to react to the poem (laugh, cry, smile), but be sure to do so in a way that supports the reading, not distracts others from it.
* Show appreciation for the readers when they are done; snapping fingers, instead of clapping, is the traditional response to poetry.
- Share the Poetry Reading rubric with students. Use the opportunity to demonstrate/define audible, varied, and precise by modeling reading aloud the model poem used in earlier lessons.
- Invite the first pair of students to stand in front of their classmates. Ask that each student bring his/her poem, read one poem, wait for appreciation, then read the other and wait for appreciation from the audience before sitting down.
- As students read, assess their readings using the Poetry Reading rubric.
- Repeat until all students have read their poem.