Sixth graders hold in-class poem recital

English teachers Joanne Maino and Melissa Ulrich had each of their sixth grade students choose a poem and recite it in front of the class. The goal was for each student to memorize the poem and be able to present it and look at the poem as few times as possible.

 

Sixth grader Lorenzo Venegas-Villa recites his poem to the class from memory glancing at it as few times as possible. The poems had to be at least three stanzas or 12 lines long. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Lorenzo Venegas-Villa recites his poem to the class from memory glancing at it as few times as possible. The poems had to be at least three stanzas or 12 lines long. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students were not only graded on their performance, but also their behavior during other presentations. They were recommended to choose a poem that is unfamiliar to them to challenge themselves, or they could write and recite their own poem to the class. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students were not only graded on their performance, but also their behavior during other presentations. They were recommended to choose a poem that is unfamiliar to them to challenge themselves, or they could write and recite their own poem to the class. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Elisa Gallo discusses four interesting details about the poem she chose. These include two types of figurative language, what type of poem it is, and an interesting fact about the poet. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Elisa Gallo discusses four interesting details about the poem she chose. These include two types of figurative language, what type of poem it is, and an interesting fact about the poet. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each presentation, the class listens intently with copies of the poem that were handed out to them. Students were required to complete this assignment in order to help practice their public speaking skills and to learn about poetry. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each presentation, the class listens intently with copies of the poem that were handed out to them. Students were required to complete this assignment in order to help practice their public speaking skills and to learn about poetry. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders follow along while each student presents their poem. Each poem was expected to take two to three minutes to read. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders follow along while each student presents their poem. Each poem was expected to take two to three minutes to read. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

English teacher Joanne Maino snaps along with the rest of the class instead of clapping after each poem was recited. After students were finished, they handed in a copy of the poem and were graded based off of a rubric. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Joanne Maino snaps along with the rest of the class instead of clapping after each poem was recited. After students were finished, they handed in a copy of the poem and were graded based off of a rubric. Credit: Hannah White and Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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