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STARTING AND FINISHING
Start your recitation with the title of the poem and the poet’s name:
‘Still I Rise, By Maya Angelou”
Then begin your recitation.
Once you’ve finished your recitation say “thank you” and walk away.
Establish a strong stage presence by practising the following:
- Use good posture. Look confident.
- Use eye contact with the entire audience. Don’t focus only on the judges.
- Avoid Nervous gestures, poor eye contact with the audience.
- Relax and be natural.
VOICE AND ARTICULATION
Use your voice to make the poem come alive for the audience.
- Capture the attention of everyone.
- Don’t yell for good projection.
- Proceed at a natural pace. Avoid reciting too quickly or too slowly.
- Make sure you know how to pronounce every word in your poem.
- Let your voice rise and fall with the poem.
- Decide how long a pause to use for each punctuation mark.
- Avoid mispronouncing words.
- Avoid being too loud or too quiet.
When you recite, you’re more like a narrator than an actor.
- Do not act out the poem. Too much dramatization distracts from the language of the poem.
- Depending on the poem, occasional gestures may be appropriate.
- Make sure each poem you choose is one that speaks to you. If you are able to connect with a poem
EVIDENCE OF UNDERSTANDING
If you don’t understand your poem, neither will your audience.
- You must understand the poem fully. Be attentive to the meaning of your poem.
- Be sure you know the meaning of every word and line in your poem. Double-check any words that are new to you.
- Research your poem and discuss it with your teacher. Once you understand your poem, you can prepare your recitation.
- Be sure to memorize your poem exactly as it appears in the list of poems. But also be sure you understand the poem.
Enjoy your poem!
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