Another Web 2.0 tool that can be used to share poetry is Voki. Voki allows students to create an avatar, chose a background, and record their voice(or use a computer generated voice). This is a great compromise when you are not able to post videos of your students to the internet.
Here are some ideas to try for Poetry Month:
- Have student chose a favorite poem and recite it. This allows students to practice fluency and gives them a creative option to share their favorite poem. Voki is asking people to submit their favorite poems in Voki form in honor of National Poetry Month. You can even find examples on their post.
- Chose a historical character and write a poem from their point of view explaining an event in history.
- Have students chose their favorite form of poetry and record a Voki, then have their classmates listen to the Voki and guess what form they used.
- Chose a current event to write a poem about, create a character and chose a background that accurately represents the event.
- Introduce your students to a new poet, poem or poetry form by creating a Voki.
- Create a digital poetry slam on your class webpage. Have students record original poems, stressing the idea of inflection and portraying emotion through their voice.
If you haven’t used Voki before, they provide a Getting Started Guide and a Voki Classroom Guide. Love the tool and want to use it in other ways? They even have a lesson plan resource guide that includes teacher submitted lessons.