Recitation: Choral Reading

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Recitation \ Reading Aloud
Dr. Catherine W. Cordeiro

Aims:When you have finished \ completed the reading you should be able to:
See the difference between singing and recitation
Features of recitation
Types of recitation
Planning the recitation

Pre – task:
1. Is singing the same as reading aloud?
2. Do you think reading aloud is important? 3. Do you need listeners for this activity? 4. Does reading aloud mean “being able to just recognize and read the words on the page? 5. Look up the meaning of the words ‘singing’ and ‘recitation’ in a dictionary.

Features of Reading aloud \ recitation :
Being able to read well, is a skill which one can develop, keeping a few things in mind. Haven’t you ever wished that you could read aloud better? Brain storming :
When do the audience listen and enjoy what you read aloud to them?
To read anything aloud well you must understand what you are reading. Understanding is not just recognizing the words! You must also understand what the author meant to say / express.
Read the following poem ‘Sea Fever’, then think about the following questions : 1. What kind of mood does the poem create? How does the rhythm of the poem help to create this mood? 2. Do you think the title of the poem is a good one? Share your answers with your partner and then with the whole class.

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the winds song and the white sail’s shaking, And a gray mist on the sea’s face and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the guil’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

John Masefield
Task :

Listen and follow the poem silently as it is being read aloud.
Features :
When one really understands a passage / poem, one should be able to express its meaning. Expression is important. One can express excitement, boredom, grouchiness, happiness, weariness, simply by the way you speak. Reading aloud expressively also means being able to produce the sounds correctly and clearly.

Reading to a group :
When one reads to an audience. One must be able to get the thought, mood across to the listeners. The writer gives the words but the meaning is given by the reader.
Suggestions for Better Reading Aloud :
Know the through meaning before you start reading
Read slowly and clearly enough so that everyone can hear you Breathe as naturally enough. Do not rush.
Hold your book correctly. Not to far away or down below.
Be relaxed as you read. Enjoy your reading.
Look up occasionally.
If there are amusing parts wait for the laughter to stop before you start again.
Choral Reading and its Types :
Poetry and must of prose should be read aloud for full appreciation. One has to imagine the sounds in a poem when it is being read silently.
Task : Try reading these lines silently and then orally.

Out Written

He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout,
But Love and I had wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
(Edwin Markham)

The sounds in the poem give it much of its beauty.
Task : Read the poem above again, this time with everyone reading together at a time. This is called choral reading.
Doing things together is fun. This is...
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