Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Exploring Our Values Through Poetry: A Program for High School Youth

Faith In Action: Choral Reading Review

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Thank-you notes and pens
  • Optional: Postage stamps

Description of Activity

Discuss the youths' experiences of creating and performing a choral reading. Use these questions:

  • What was this experience like?
  • How did the use of poem fragments destroy, enhance, or otherwise change the meaning or impact of each original poem?
  • Identify moments when fragments complemented each other or seemed to clash
  • What does it feel like to take the poems out of their original context on the printed page and into the realm of audio and movement? Do the poems seem "liberated"? What qualities do they have in the choral reading that their printed forms lack?

Spend the rest of the time writing thank-you notes to everyone who submitted poetry for the choral reading. Assign someone to deliver or mail the notes. Provide stamps if mailing.