English 428 - Children's Literature
Group Poetry Presentation (Based on an Assigned Course Reading)
Each group will select one of the following poems from the Riverside text and present it dramatically in a performance to the class. Note: only two groups may choose a given poem, so have a second choice just in case!
You will be acting out the poem, and telling the viewers a story with your presentation. In your "show" you must include props, costumes, background art, sound effects/music, gestures and animated actions. Each presentation will last approximately 10 minutes (which includes set-up and clean-up). Every person in your group must have an equal responsibility in creating the presentation, and an equal task in the performance (whether by acting, providing props and music, and/or creating background art). You may memorize or read the lines of the poem, and you may designate one or more speaking roles.
Analyze the poet's language and voice: accentuate the syllables, the alliteration (repetition of consonant/vowel sounds) and the rhyme. Identify the meter (rhythm or cadence) so you can create a musical-like presentation. Think about the tone and mood you want to create. Add drama, add humor, add tension and suspense - make your poem come alive! Remember - you want children to be interested in what language can do - how language can be fun!
You will be graded 'A' for effort. The poetry presentation grade will be averaged into your overall particpation grade. Grades are individually earned and are based on effort and attendance.
POEMS FOR PRESENTATION
"The King's Breakfast" by A.A. Milne
"Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" by Roald Dahl
"A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore
"Colonel Fazackerley" by Charles Causley
"The Old Wife and the Ghost" by James Reeves
"My Shadow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash
"Let's marry! said the cherry" by N.M. Bodecker