Poetry In-Class Recitation
- The student will choose a poem with a minimum of 15 lines (with teacher approval).
- All poems must be memorized.
- No props will be allowed.
- Gestures are encouraged and expected through out, reflecting the expressive nature of the material presented.
- Physical Presence (feet planted, no swaying, or fidgeting)
- Voice Intonation, Articulation, and Volume (speak clearly and at a proper pace)
- Gestures (hand motions are used to enhance the poem)
- Eye Contact (eye contact is used to pull the audience into the poem)
- Level of Difficulty (15 lines is the minimum)
- Evidence of Understanding
- Overall Performance
Begin with these items:
- Homeroom teacher
- Poem title
After the introduction, clearly and dramatically present your poem.
Feel free to find poems from these resources!
Rubric for Poem Recitation
- 4 – Phrasing is fluent and voice is compelling
- 3 – Phrasing is fluent
- 2 – Phrasing is a little choppy
- 1 – Phrasing is very choppy
- 4 – Hand and body movements are used to enhance the poem
- 3 – Hand and/or body movements do not detract from the poem
- 2 – Too few gestures or distracting gestures
- 1 – It is difficult to concentrate on the poem because of the many hand and/or body movements OR no gestures were used at all
- 4 – Voice could be easily heard by the entire audience with no teacher cueing
- 3 – Voice could be heard with some teacher cueing
- 2 – Voice difficult to hear even with teacher cueing
- 1 – Voice could not be heard throughout most of the poem
- 4 – Eye contact is used to pull the audience into the poem
- 3 – Eye contact is made with the audience most of the time
- 2 – Eye contact is seldom made with the audience
- 1 – Eye contact is not made with the audience
Level of Difficulty + _____
Physical Presence +______
Overall Performance + _____
Total = ______/ 28 points = ________