Middle School English
The Rhythm of English: Poetry, Music, and Public Speaking
Target age: seventh and eighth-grade students
Description: Did you know that most poetry in English sounds like a heart beating? In this class, we will discover the beauty of English poetry and create poems of our own! In the process, you’ll develop your skills and confidence in English pronunciation, sentence fluency, composition, and public speaking.
Focus areas: English pronunciation and fluency; introduction to literary vocabulary and figurative language; confidence in using language; rhythm in poetry and its relationship to rhythm in music; creativity in writing and orally interpreting poetry.
Activities: reading short poems in English; interpreting poems in short written essays; comparing musical rhythms and poetic rhythms; reciting poems; writing original poems and sharing them orally and in writing