My goal today is to finish grading all poetry portfolios. For two weeks the 6th grade has been working on a poetry unit, which culminates in a portfolio and recitation. Each portfolio has to feature four poems (published elsewhere) that fall under a theme, four more that the student just likes, and six original poems — hopefully some of which I’ve seen drafts of and had conferences with students about. The portfolio has to also include a small essay reflecting on the unit. We’ve encouraged students to be artistic with their portfolios — to not only illustrate and decorate their poems, but to explore creative ways of presentation and binding. I’m quite pleased with the results, and will post up some pictures soon.
In the meantime, I have some photos of students giving their recitations. If you recall, I was working on mine, with disastrous — but entertaining — results. My students, on the whole, fared much better.
6th grade, poetry, memory, performance