Happy Poetry Friday!
Welcome to today’s tip in my month-long Poetry Tips for Teachers series.
Tip #18: Let the poet read.
If you’re self-conscious about reading poetry aloud, one way to ease into it is let the poets themselves read! I love the Poetry Speaks to Children anthology that comes with a CD of many of the poems in the book, most read by the poet. It’s awesome, and there are other books in the line, too. And of course, there are tons of us poets online sharing audio clips of our work (Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Irene Latham, and Renee La Tulippe are three who come immediately to mind as sharing a lot of audio and video for teachers). It’s great to hear how poets read, and it’s reassuring, too, because there’s usually nothing fancy about it. On top of that, you can’t help but absorb reading tips (your students, too) as you listen.
Here I am reading these paired, question and answer haiku from my book, Why-ku: Poems of Wonder About the World.
And for more Poetry Friday fun, visit the very theatrical (I would be incredibly intimidated if I had to perform poems as well as she does!) Renee La Tulippe for the Poetry Friday Roundup!