School Visits – Performance Poetry and Prose Workshops
School visits begin with me delivering my usual high octane performance that is designed to break down any preconceived ideas that any of the audience may have about poetry. With a mixture of poems, stories, games and many more surprises that are best not mentioned if they are to remain surprises.
Teachers laugh along with the students enabling me to remove any barriers that may exist and let the day continue with everyone joining in the fun.
Poetry and Prose Workshops for Schools
These workshops can be about prose or poetry or even a mixture of both.
Start with the world’s scariest story (trust me it is) to show how to construct a plot and how to draw people into a story. The workshop then moves on to helping students with their descriptive work. This is achieved with the help of a game which is fun; engaging pupils without them even realizing they are working.
The student will then be given a short task, having listened to another story by my good self.
The end result is that the students will have obtained enough information and confidence for them to write a short story of their own.
Starts with the construction of a short four line poem which I write, which the students and teachers are then asked to rhyme various words with a prize for anyone who achieves this, (the teachers will want the prize just as much as the students).
The students then take part in a game to enable them to understand descriptive work, after which the students split into groups of mixed ability where one student does the writing for the group, enabling the others to devise their own performance poem which they can share at the end of the lesson.
The workshops can be extended or shortened to fit in with the schools schedule, but forty five minutes is an average length of time for the workshops to be delivered.
This is just a brief outline of the initial workshop details. The workshops can be altered to suit most age ranges but ideally they work best with the students between seven and thirteen years of age. Each workshop is adapted to suit each age group.
The aims and objectives of all of my school visits and workshops are to strip people of any preconceived ideas they may have about reading and writing, then rebuild a positive, fun view of literacy, helping people gaining the confidence to pick up a book or a pen and feel confident to have a go. I also works on young people’s communication skills enabling them to express themselves in a confident and positive manner.