So here is how the next day played out:
Another full day.
We started with a few warm up games, telephone, the because game, rising action and “finish the quote.”
After warm up games, we worked discussed the eternal purpose of politeness and manners. We brought this into our topic of the morning, introductions.
We worked on formal and informal introductions, and did several ad-lib situations that would require our kids to be gracious, introduce themselves or another person (or people) in a variety of social situations. Which, by the way, our kids were REMARKABLE at! So proud! They are socially skilled. They were so jazzed that they wanted to do more. Another aspect of this part of the day centered around how to enter a room, how to greet others, and when and how to appropriately stand, give a handshake and hold a door for others. Always, of course, with the larger purpose in mind of kindness and putting other people at ease. I also read from a short article entitled “How to be Charming.”
For formal introductions, the kids had to introduce a partner with this information: who the person is, their relationship to them, what their accolades are, what they are about to do (why they are being introduced) and welcoming their “introductee” to the podium, encouraging a round of applause and relinquishing the control of the podium with a handshake.
Over lunch we read another section and discussed A Christmas Carol. The kids were amazing at picking out Dicken’s stylistic techniques, as well as poetic devices that his writing is rife with.
We read more from The Poet’s eye (the rhythm of poetry), and also discussed the elements of a sonnet. We used “shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” to look at the format and aspects of a sonnet.
We also talked about tropes and personification, the kids did a short quiz on this, picking out tropes in The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
The kids worked on their own poems, their cadence and projection coming along nicely, so we moved to controlling nervous habits. I gave them some coaching about awareness and developing skills to overcome nervous movement. Part of this discussion was also around posture.
The kids finished off with a couple of games…catchphrase and mafia.