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Transcript of Poetry
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
- Edgar Allen Poe
Reciting a poem
Mood reading task:
Get together in 4 groups and think about the emotions and reactions that are associated with the mood on your card. Try to recite the poem in the mood and write down your first impressions.
introduce the topic
raise students' curiosity
introduction to the author
explanation of communicative situation
discussing the title
using media (noises, pictures
Your Task: Read the first lines and clap your hands according to the rhythm!
Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.
But the Grinch who lived just North of Whoville did not!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don`t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that [...]
also called Ishikawa diagram
The herringbone technique
Think & share
So what's the point?
• deepening of content-related and thematic features/coherence of a poem
• may introduce deeper analysis for the post-stage
But wait ... there's more!
Incomplete or changed texts
similar beneficial effects
wide variety of techniques
best one to use depends on the poem
might look like this...
...then like this...
... and finished.
"two in one"
two in one
The result could look like this:
... might look like this.
... solved like this.
• optional vocab list
... finished "gapped poem"
"nonsense" vs proper version
looking for the rhyme words
... and solved.
"Prose and poem"
• not every technique fits all poems
• teacher's choice
• good opportunity for doing something on your own
• quite the workload
Poems in classroom: "Cinderella existence"
complexity on various levels, hard to understand > teachers avoid poems because they fear a loss of motivation
one-sided teaching approach (focus on formalistic and analytic interpretation) has widened the gap
opening the canon
creative, personal, experimental and fun approaches
focussing on reading experience instead of trying to "find the meaning"
What do you think?
Features of poetry and their benefits for teaching
• Flexible use
• Use in one lesson
• Use in lower grades
Density of subject matter
• Close reading required
• Focus on essentials
• Intensive reception
• Emotional loading
• Personal reader`s response
• Intercultural learning
nice listening experience
activation of different senses
easy to remember
songs as material
Aethetic self-referenciality, artificiallity
Structural, phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic complexity
model for creative activities
Why reciting a poem?
poems made up of sound and rhythm
reader imparts own meaning
reflect metre, rhythm, pauses, stress, volume, mood, body language etc.
Rap and Hip Hop artists commonly use (internal) rhymes
Rap / Hip Hop has a huge influence on pop culture
could be a good way to ignite or further interest of the learners (not really a a surprise, isn't it?)
"We grew up, grew apart as time went by us /
And I blew up, to both your’s and mine’s surprises"
lets you choose between rhyme types
suited for mobile users
how you reduce a text...
a) Describe his idea how to stop Christmas from coming and (b) fill in the speech ballons.
stop and go
exchange & discussion
type of poem
general understanding> detailed analysis
find their own connection to the poem
Types of post-reading activities
Reciting a poem
no pictures? let's move on
Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville did NOT!
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
What does the Grinch mean by that ?
a) Write a diary entry of the Grinch and describe especially his emotional change.
b) Write a short description of next year's Christmas feast involving the Grinch.
"Poetry exists to play about with, to experiment with, to try out alternative ideas."
Thank you & Merry Christmas
Left, left, left right left
I left my wife in Argentina
With 52 kids and a laughing hyena
I thought I was right, right,
Right in my country and whoop-de-doo!
Left, left! I left my wife
I had a good home and I left
I had a good home and I left
I left on my own and it served me right,
Left, right left right.
Left, left, to the left, right, left.
I left my wife and forty-two kids
On the verge of starvation with no gingerbread
Would I be right, right, right, right