Skelly students participate in annual Poetry Café
Second through fifth grade students at Skelly Elementary read poems in the annual Poetry Café on March 2.
The Poetry Café coincides with Read Across America Day and Dr. Suess' birthday. Students had the choice of reading a poem they wrote themselves, or choosing one from another poet.
The classroom was decorated with white Christmas lights and black tulle, creating a cozy atmosphere for the poetry readings. Classes visited the Poetry Café one at a time and students were reminded of proper audience etiquette before their peers began to recite their poems.
Student performances were evaluated by Title I Teacher Kelly Clennan and Speech Pathologist Katie McCouch. The judges used rubrics to provide feedback on posture, eye contact, fluency, phrasing, tone, volume and pitch, clear speaking, and enthusiasm.
The verbal recitation and subsequent feedback helps students learn basic public speaking skills, encourages self-confidence, and ties into the poetry section of their Language Arts curriculum.