Like many middle school students do each fall, our 8th graders are currently reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. One of the many activities that students do during this unit is memorize and recite Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” poem.
Just like learning the lyrics to a song, practice makes perfect.
Here are two ways I have found useful:
1) Write the poem on the white board in different colors for each couplet. Each day, in order to practice, students stand one row at a time and recite two lines in unison. The next row stands and recites the next two lines and so on and so forth.
Every day, a new row starts the poem so that students have an opportunity to recite every line. This is a good transition activity and should be done daily for at least a week (or two) prior to the due date.
2) I have also created a SMART Notebook file using the “Sentence Arrange” tool which you can read more about by clicking the link.
What poems do you require your students to recite?
What other techniques do you use to help students memorize poetry?
Share your ideas here and enjoy this video of “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder.