Reading poetry isn’t enough for these students, they are performing poetry in ways that enhance their learning, appreciation, and understanding of it.

Soft SkillsAt Princeton Middle School, Celine Quinn’s performance poetry class is an outreach of a program at Princeton High school led by teacher Cheryl Adams.

The semester begins with the middle school students learning poetry written by others.  By the end of the semester, they write and perform their own original poetry.

“The class is broken down into different types of poems and topics,” said Quinn. “We use TED talks to look at performance skills.”

Students develop skills through performance, and they are in demand at the school.

“Students participate in school events,” said Quinn.  “They perform during the day for other classes. They’re a roving band of poets and teachers request the poets to come to their classrooms.”

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