For Teachers of Grades 3-6
4 hours of instruction time
This workshop is designed to instruct teachers on how to assist students compose free-verse poems and choreograph them into dances. To prepare, students explore free-verse poetry and delve into the nuances of rich vocabulary and learn how prosody enhances the meaning of text. For the workshop, literacy learning is leveraged, or supported, by dance. The workshop finds the elegant fit between literacy strategies and dance and integrate instruction in ways that promote literacy learning through art. In this workshop, dance is used to strengthen reading skills. As a culminating event, students showcase their poetry and dances for an audience and reflect on their experience.