How To Read A Poem Aloud, Part 3

guest bloggerApril is flying by, but there is still plenty of time for poetry tips from our Lee & Low poets! This one is from Anastasia Suen who has published a whole plethora of titles with Lee & Low, most in our Bebop imprint. Her works include What Do You See at the Pond?, Pencil Talk and Other School Poems, and Toddler Two/Dos Años.

“Poetry is spoken music, so it sounds best when it is read aloud. Most poets let you know when to pause by ending a line or using punctuation. Just read aloud to see how it flows. Then get dramatic. Poetry is meant to be performed.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I invite students (of all ages) to participate in a poetry writing experiment I call EduHaiku. Write a haiku about what you learned in school that day and share with me on my EduHaiku blog or twitter. Happy writing!”

What Do You See at the Pond? Cover Pencil Talk and Other School Poems Cover  Toddler Two/Dos Años Cover

So start performing, and be sure to comment below to let us know how it goes!

2 Comments

  1. Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Great advice..poetry is all about pace ..I done a visit to a library recently…and the kids clapped their hands to one of my pieces…to understand pace..great post..ELiza Keating

  2. Lucy
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    That’s a great tip too, Eliza! Feeling the rhythm through clapping can help kids understand the pace, and they have fun doing it! Thanks for the comment!


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