Blairgowrie1I have been reciting and workshopping again. I was invited to Blairgowrie High School, to visit a S1 class in the Learning Resources Centre. The children hadn’t seen any performance poetry, so I recited a few examples to give them an idea of the variation in tone and subject matter than can be covered by performance verse. The pupils heard about a cat-eating cloud, a short-sighted rhinoceros, and an internet ordering mix up. Some of the poems had call and response lines to engage the children.
After the poems it was time for a “Descriptiveness and Performance Workshop”. I explained what similes and metaphors were, and then the pupils came up with a few examples, before writing a list poem using similes about a rainy Monday. As the workshop was taking place on a rainy Monday there was plenty of inspiration outside the window, and some excellent descriptions resulted.
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