LESSON SIX: Borrowed Poem Performance: Practice for Slam
Students perform their borrowed poem and practice the poetry Slam placing emphasis on performance skills.
LS1 Listen for enjoyment and to evaluate own and others’ effectiveness in presentations, using provided criteria.
R1D Read grade-level instructional text with fluency, accuracy and appropriate expressions, adjusting reading rate to type of text.
LS2 Create concise presentations... and demonstrate poise and self-control.
§ Sources of literature
o Teacher written “borrowed poem” on an overhead
o Overhead of Slam competition class judging scoring guide
o Students will need to have their completed “borrowed poems” and their copy of the Slam competition class judging scoring guide (created in Lesson Four and distributed during Lesson Five).
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to Know
o reading rate
Group members complete evaluations of expression, fluency and poem’s message. Teacher observes groups, making notes of overall ability and comfort-level with reading aloud/performing.
Why is it important to plan ahead for this performance?
Why can’t I just read it aloud?
How does trying different techniques (tone, rhythm, volume, pace and/or gestures) help me?
What types of notes should I write on my poem to assist me during my performance?