ELA A30 Assignment: Presenting Spoken Poetry (Resources)
You’ll have an assignment where you’re asked to select a poem of at least 15 lines written by a Canadian poet of an appropriate difficulty level for Grade 12. You’ll prepare/practice your oral presentation of the poem and record it, combine that audio with image files using a multimedia program, like iMovie, and publish a polished multimedia project as a final product.
Here are student samples of this project, shared with their permission:
This student really played with the technology options, by even using a voice modifier to make the narration in the poem sound like it was spoken by someone else.
This student developed a nearly flawless multimedia project, using a collection of videos, sound effects, and background music to really accentuate the tension within the poem he chose. It’s an excellent representation of what your project should be as a finished product.
This project includes a great example of well-selected visual images (both photos and video clips) along with music to accurately portray the tone developed by the poem.
- Listening to Samples of Spoken Poetry: To help you get in the mindset of what proper speaking of poetry sounds like, there are resources collected here to support you.
- In particular, you can listen to the very last poem spoken by actor Anthony Hopkins. Another is a Shakespeare sonnet spoken by the voice of “Darth Vader”, James Earl Jones.
Video Reviewing Poetry Speaking: This resource reviews five specific things to consider when preparing to speak poetry orally.
- Selecting a Canadian Poem:
- There are hundreds of poems to select from on this resource page.
- There are also Canadian poetry anthologies (poetry collections) in books in the classroom to flip through.
Starting Your Poetry Project:
- Instructional Video – reviews the characteristics of multimedia, the tools to consider using in video making, and some of the steps to begin.