Writing in Stereo

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Lesson 5A Notes

April 12th, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980's.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics to all aspects of the teaching of high school English.  Each lesson included a lesson plan and notes.  I'm sharing these with you here.

Notes (V.A)

Finding the best poetry for this exercise may be the most difficult part of teaching the lesson. This lesson should follow your usual poetry unit, so we can assume the students are recently--if not well--grounded in poetry's twists and turns. Select fresh examples of the material you've covered. (Although the lesson objective seeks a narrative, the selections needn't be narrative poetry. A sequence of events can be discerned even in the poetry of Emily Dickinson.) Select poetry full of rhythm and rhyme. Select poetry characterized by punctuation in the middle rather than at the end of lines. Select poetry you know students will understand.

Your list of events should be limited to the obvious. Only a rhythmic reading should obscure the actions. After all, our purpose here is simply overcoming the sing-song reading.