is a 7 minute podcast where the host reads a poem aloud, talks informally about the poem, then reads the poem again. In these short podcasts the host talks about literary techniques, but he also makes text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world connections. He informally interacts with the poem in a way that can show students that poetry does not always have to be deeply and critically analyzed. There's a place to interact with poetry in an informal way.
Here’s what’s amazing about these short podcasts: they make poetry accessible. By listening to the poem, your students will hear tone, rhythm and intonation in a way that doesn’t happen if they always read poems silently. By hearing someone talk informally about the poem, the pressure for them to “figure out the meaning” is eased; they can hear what it is to make a text-to-text or text-to-world connection in a no pressure setting.
I’ve created a document to accompany any episode of
*As an intro to a poetry unit
*At the start of class each day during a poetry unit
*In conjunction with a novel study as you consider themes that are in both the novel and poems in the podcast
*As an opening activity before delving into more through analysis of the poem
*Use 3-4 podcast episodes together for a full class period
This is a great lesson for 9th graders all the way to AP Lit seniors.
While all the episodes are excellent, I give a few suggestions of ones to start with in the lesson plan that accompanies this handout.