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Poems for Two Voices

What is poetry for two or more voices? poetry written for more than one person has beenaround for a LONG time. little documentation about when Poems for TwoVoices actually came into being most Christian churches have had a poetic liturgicalreading somewhere in their services for over 400years choral readings, they were called, were a back andforth between the worship leader and anotherparishioner or the entire congregation most poems specifically for two voices began to bepublished with some frequency in late 1980’s andearly 1990’s.AND

Poetry written for two or more voices is a poemthat is written for two or more people to perform.The poetry usually has two columns—one foreach person who is reading the poem. Thepersons reading the poem will each take theircolumn. Sometimes the poet wants the tworeaders to say something at the same time, thenthe poet will write the words on the same line ineach column. It’s a lot like writing a dialogue fortwo people.

Joyful NoisePoems for Two VoicesPaul Fleischman

FROG I hear yourGa-lunkdeep-voiced songsGa-lunkGa-lunkGa-lunkby the pondGa-lunkthis warmsummernight.by Georgia HeardCreatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky. Honesdale: Wordsong, 1992. 20-21.I hear yourGa-lunkchorus ofGa-lunkGa-lunkGa-lunkbanjo songsGa-lunkunder the shining starstonight.

A Graduation Poem for TwoBy Stephanie KloseI am a teacherI am a studentTwenty years my tradeSeven classroomsFourteen classroomsSeven hundred childrenHave touched my life.Every day I comeMy choice, my callFourteen teachersHave touched my life.Every day I come

They make meI'm glad I'm hereI come to teachI'm glad I'm here.I come to learnI come to earn a paycheck I come to earn my diplomaI come to be withI come to be withmy friendsmy friendsI work very hardThey make me work hardLesson plans, forms andmore formsProjects, exams, oral reportsI have to correctI have to writeso many papersso many papersWhen do I have timeWhen do I have timefor my personal life?for my personal life?

I HATEHOMEWORK!I love my studentsI HATEHOMEWORK!My teachers hate meSometimes I thinkthe kids hate meSometimes theymake me so madLike when it's onlybeen ten minutessince lunch and theyask to go to the restroomand I know it's becausethey are really worriedabout how their hairlooks.Most of my teachersare pretty coolSometimes theymake me so mad

Well, they won't let us talkI write about what's importantto me!or when they won'ttalkor when they won'tstop talking(silence)It's like they don't think wehave a life and we should justbe able to stop it when the bellrings and start talking aboutwhat they want us to talk aboutinstead of what is important tous.(glare)They can make me laughI like to playI like to joke and put people onThey help me stay youngNew musicNew slang

"I love school.not!"I try to challenge themThey challenge meChallenge theirperceptions of theworld and themselvesI try to keep themon their toesSometimes I'm soproud of themThey work hardThey rise to my challengeThey succeedI feel so proudAll seven hundredI challenge them backI try to keep themon their toesSometimes I get good gradesI work hard on somethingI succeedI feel so proud

have moved onIt's time to move onI worry about themwhen they goIt's kind of scaryI hope I've providedthem each withlittle something thatwill make the way alittle smootherAnd excitingAnd I am often reassuredas I grow to know my

students each yearbecause invariablyI find something uniquelywonderful and specialin each oneThis gives me hopeBecauseBecauseThey are the futureI am the future.Printed with permission from Stephanie Klose

Poems with TwoVoices Offers two perspectives or opposing points of viewA dialogueCan be done individually or in pairsEach voice speaks individually and then the two voicesspeak together. When speaking together, the voices comment onsomething they agree or agree to disagree about. In the end the two sides do not have to agree. They mayagree to disagree.

MathMathematicsRequirements 5 lines for each speakerat least 2 combined linesat least 2 math vocab termsMandatory vocab:- Mrs. Curley- hole-diggerI love mathMrs. Curleyis greatMathematicsI hate mathMrs. Curley

CriteriaResearch due date: Draft due date: Final Project due date: at least 10 lines for each speaker (individual)at least 10 combined speaking linesclearly define the development of the Constitution, the crucialevents/compromises made at the convention and the positions of theFederalists and Antifederalistsmandatory terms (choose 10 and highlight in yellow)– Constitution- Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire– Bill of Rights- ratify– The Federalist Papers- May 1790– Three-fifths Compromise- James Madison– Great Compromise- Philadelphia– States’ rights- 3 branches– Articles of Confederation- Federalist– Antifederalist- Senate and House of RepresentativesChapter 8 and 9 vocabulary (choose 10 of 25 and highlight in another color)a beginning, a middle, and an end to the poemhistorically accuratesubmit research, draft and typed poemPresent orally or video or other ideas welcome

Criteria.Research due date: Draft due date: Final Project due date: At least 10 lines for each speaker (individual)At least 5 combined speaking linesClearly define the development of the Constitution, the crucialevents/compromises made at the convention and the positions of theFederalists and AntifederalistsMandatory terms (choose 6 and highlight in yellow)– Constitution- Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire– Bill of Rights- ratify– The Federalist Papers- May 1790– Three-fifths Compromise- James Madison– Great Compromise- Philadelphia– States’ rights- 3 branches– Articles of Confederation- Federalist– Antifederalist- Senate and House of RepresentativesChapter 8 and 9 vocabulary (choose 6 of 25 and highlight in another color)Your poem needs a beginning, a middle, and an end.Historically accurate.Submit research, draft and typed poemPresent orally or video or other ideas welcome