Lesson

Poetry in Motion

Lesson Overview

The students will explore the meaning of words through movement and how dancers can express themselves without using their voices. This exploration will help the students to create their own dances to show the meaning of the words in a poem. The students will suggest production elements, such as lighting to enhance the meaning of the dance/poem when they perform. 

Duration
1-2 hours
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

How can we use the vivid language of a poem to create an abstract dance that still communicates an idea?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

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Visual & Performing Arts

Silverstein, Shel. Where The Sidewalk Ends : the Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein. New York :HarperCollins, 2004. Print.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York, N.Y. :Harper & Row, 1974. Print.

Silverstein, Shel. Falling Up : Poems & Drawings by Shel Silverstein. New York :HarperCollins, 1996. Print.

Silverstein, Shel. Every Thing on It : Poems and Drawings. New York :Harper, 2011. Print.

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Lesson Created By: KaylaJennings

Lesson Partners: ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum)