Students perform the "Giggle Poetry Theater" scripts that are available for free online.
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Have you taken a look around the Giggle Poetry Web site? There you will find hundreds of poems written by some of America's best-loved children's poets. And they're absolutely free! Explore the site, explore the lesson ideas, and share the interviews with poets with your students.
But be sure that you don't miss
the Poetry Theater section. There you'll find more than a dozen simple poem-scripts. Take a look, print them out. Most of the poems have two, maybe three, characters. Assign roles to students and have them work together to collect the props they will need, rehearse the poems, and present them to their classmates. Giggle "Poetry Theater" is an excellent and fun tool for teaching kids to read with expression.
Here is a list of poems in Giggle Poetry's "Poetry Theater" Collection. We have provided you with links to the poems and a list of the characters in each poem. The notes next to each character are intended to help you assign roles; you might not want to assign a large role to one of your weak readers. Besides, some of the smaller roles call for "Poetry Theater" superstars!
You might set the tone for this activity with the "Poetry Theater" poem "Empty-Headed". Print out the poem and cut the roles into slips. Have students read the roles in order. Then they all join in on the last two lines of the poem.More Scripts, One at a Time...
The poems listed above have a total of 25 roles, enough for every student in most classrooms to have a role. If you need additional poem scripts, you'll find a handful more back on the main Giggle Poetry "Poetry Theater" page.
Extend the Lesson
Have students explore the extensive collection of poems on GigglePoetry.com to find a poem they would like to transform into a "Giggle Poetry Theater" presentation. This time, let students create the scripts!
You might ask students to rate the best poetry performances. They can give "Poetry Theater" Oscars to the teams that did the best overall job, the most dramatic (aka funny) readings, and played their roles best. Additional awards might go to the teams that created the best sets, best props, and best costumes. In short, come up with an award to give to every "Poetry Theater" team!
FINE ARTS: Theatre
GRADES K - 4
NA-T.K-4.2 Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
NA-T.K-4.3 Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
NA-T.K-4.4 Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-T.5-8.2 Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
NA-T.5-8.3 Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
NA-T.5-8.4 Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
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Originally published 04/18/2006
Last updated 03/22/2010