2018-19 Poetry Recitals
Each year, Christ Covenant students in grades Kindergarten through 12 participate in one of our oldest annual traditions and one which is common in schools which follow classical methodologies. This year’s Poetry Recitals will take place during the week March 11-15.
Christ Covenant emphasizes the benefits of this tradition because:
“Memorizing poetry turns on kids’ language capability. It not only teaches them to articulate English words; it heightens their feel for the intricacies and complexities of the English language — an indispensable attainment if they are to go on to speak, write, and read English with ease. Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, argues that memorization builds into children’s minds an ability to use complex English syntax. The student who memorizes poetry will internalize the rhythmic, beautiful patterns of the English language. These patterns then become part of the student’s language store, those wells that we all use every day in writing and speaking.” An excerpt from Poetry Memorization: Methods and Resources by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.
Public recitation, combined with the reading and writing benefits gained from studying and memorizing great works of poetry, make Christ Covenant proud of its annual tradition. Please be sure to mark your calendars and come out to support our students! We are excited to see the talent among our students as they perform!
* Parents who are interested in the specifics of the event such as class schedules and dress requirements should refer to RenWeb’s announcements.
The schedule of recitals, as well as information regarding poem selection, is available below and is also posted on RenWeb’s announcement section until poetry recital time. Login to RenWeb at https://christ-nc.client.renweb.com/pwr/
- Students are required to wear their formal dress uniform for their poetry recital. If you are unfamiliar with the details of our formal dress code policy, refer to page 23 of our Family Handbook.
- Details including poem selection criteria and schedule of performances may be found at the following links.