(The short introduction to students)
Vocal Project #13:
Poetry as Entertainment
In this unit we will be concentrating on the following goals:
1. to make an articulate and entertaining presentation
2. to be able to rewrite and improve upon the writing of others
3. to provide your own unique interpretation of another author’s works
4. to provide energy and enthusiasm towards your audience
5. to continue to follow directions and use practice time wisely
6. to view a presentation space in a completely different way
As the title of the unit suggests, the emphasis on this unit is not placed on your ability to use interpretation skills to break down a poet’s sense of symbolism, mood, imagery or theme. This is entertainment! This unit is about fun with poetry and for once we are throwing out virtually all of the rules and letting you do as you please when it comes to editing, movement, audience interaction and appearance. It is one of those rare projects in this entire program where we’re not telling you what to do or how to do it. We will set simple, concrete limitations and expectations, but the rest is all up to you.
This project also affords you the opportunity to work with others and share their sense of imagination. Should you desire to work alone, you will have the same writing expectations as a duet, and the burden of creativity will fall on your shoulders alone. If you opt to work as a trio, this would be acceptable, but your time minimums will increase (See Requirements). Note that should you work as a partnership (or trio) you will share the same grade.
As with all reading units, you will work with a script and no memorization is necessary. In its simplest form this project will involve the following:
1. Gather enough poetry to last from four to six minutes (six to eight if you are a trio). No limitations on authors, so any writers from any country can be utilized; additionally, you are not limited to types of writers such as classical, children’s or adult level writers. You are even allowed to use lyrics from songs as you did with the first poetry project and Rock and Roll Persuasion.
2. In script form, you are required to rewrite the poems so that they utilize the reading talents of all speakers in the presentation group rather than one speaker handling everything.
3. No poem should be dominated by any one reader.
4. All scripts should show the original poems any any new poetry should be typed in bold or highlighted.
5. The presentation will allow stools for all readers to use as they wish.
6. You are allowed to have interactions with the audience (though be aware that they may not respond to you).
7. You are allowed to leave your stools and use the space given to you; in fact, you are urged to do so.
8. You may make physical and eye contact with another reader.
- Presentations will last from four to six minutes for a solo or duet / six to eight for a trio.
-You will be judged on eye contact, reading ability, creativity in your script and coordination with your partner(s).
- You will supply a copy of your script to the teacher.
- The script will include the ORIGINAL poem(s) and WHAT YOU CHANGED (indicated in bold or highlighted). The purpose of this requirement is to allow the teacher to easily see what you have demonstrated in terms of originality within your script.
- All poems require you to return to your original starting point in front of the students.
- The total points for this presentation are 200.