September 21st Class (The Great Figure)

We had a great class last Wednesday.  I have to admit, I don’t recall ever having read The Great Figure by Wiliam Carlos Williams.  What I liked about what we did with this poem was first reading it, and then getting into pairs or threesomes to act out an assigned word in the poem.  The Great Figure Vocabulary, with the words, definitions and visual images, really helped my partner and I begin to think about how we wanted to represent our sound.  I could see where this kind of vocabulary dictionary of words in a selected text would be totally applicable to working with English Language Learners.  I like the way this step was broken down.  The other thing I liked (after analyzing those different words, performing our own word, and watching other groups perform their words) was getting into new groups to create an orchestra out of ordinary items around us, a musical accompaniment to the poem.  We had to think about which words in the poem we were going to focus on, and then decide what kind of instrument we could contrive out of objects in the room to depict that sound.  It was a lot of fun.  Again, I can see actually doing this with ELLs, and I will try this ASAP.


About Kate Collins

AACPS Teacher (Certified in ESOL, Special Education, English, and Theater)
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