Reflection: Joy The Charge of the Light Brigade: Waterfall Readings - Section 2: The Charge of the Light Brigade...Again...and Again...and Again


This lesson is one of my very favorites simply because the students really love it.  We start off reading a poem (big deal, right?) but we do so in a way that encourages and supports every voice in the classroom.  Everyone has a role in creating the outcome.  Every voice is needed.

Then, we take it to the next level of performance with the addition of the accents.  Every year, I am amazed at who has a killer talent for acting (it's almost never the person you would suspect.)  We laugh with each other as we try not to "dork it up" (that's our classroom slang for mess it up) and no one takes issue with anyone else.  The students encourage each other to do a good job, they praise those who do well, and they cheer when we get to the end.  Every single time.

I have to turn them down when they want to read Tennyson for the sixth, the seventh, the eighth time...and when the bell rings, everyone goes out with a smile.

Yes, I pushed their understanding of rhyme and meter.  Yes, they spent a very long time on a single text (not a middle school favorite, usually) and yes, they practiced performance.

But this lesson brings out our community spirit.  And that is why I love it.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade: Waterfall Readings

Unit 1: Narrative Poetry
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT develop an appreciation for Tennyson's mastery of rhyme and meter by performing the poem as a group.

Big Idea: Multiple readings bring a greater appreciation for the intricacies of rhyme and meter.

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