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Poetry in Motion

Imagine bringing dance into the language arts curriculum where students use their whole body to understand text and demonstrate their learning. Literacy is a critical aspect of education that must be embedded across the curriculum. When teachers focus on literacy development in ALL subjects, students are able to develop skills such as reading, writing, listening, analysing, interpreting, reasoning, imagining, and communication. One way to maximize literacy development is through cross-curricular opportunities. A great place to start is with dance and poetry. Did you know that dance and poetry have much in common, making it a beautiful partnership? Let us count the ways:  

  1. There are many different styles of dance and poetry from which to create

  2. They are a language unto themselves but unlike conversational language

  3. They can be abstract in their presentation, but filled with symbolic meaning 

  4. Dance and poetry rely on imagery to appeal to the senses of the audience 

  5. They are a means of self-expression, reflecting ideas and feelings 

  6. Each dance or poem has its own timing, rhythm and meter  

In this activity demo you will see how the poem “The Voice” by Shel Silverstein is interpreted through movement. You will see the poem demonstrated once with words and movement and the second time with movement only. This activity can be explored with students of all ages when using age-appropriate poetry and dance expectations. We hope you try it! 


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