Discuss the poems in class
If a student doesn’t understand the text, neither will the audience. Lead class discussions about students’ selected poems.
Engage in write-alongs
We’ve got a great activity on the Learn It page for students that encourages students to unpack the meaning of their poems.
Map poems for tone
By identifying the shifts in tone of their poems, students deepen their understanding of their selections and can use pacing and volume more effectively in their recitations. Use a lesson like The Tone Map and refer to our Tone List to guide your students through this process.
Include creative writing activities
Creative writing is a natural complement to Poetry In Voice, and new media offer various options for working closely with the poems. Check out our optional lesson plans.