Lesson Ideas: Interpreting Poetry Out Loud

child at the Emily Dickinson Museum


Emily Dickinson's poetry lends itself well to oral interpretation in the classroom. Dickinson herself was known to have recited her poems to relatives while she worked in the Homestead pantry, and one of her earliest editors was convinced of her work's value only after someone read them aloud to him.

Teachers have found that students respond well to learning a Dickinson poem and sharing it out loud with classmates.  Here are some approaches to help students share Dickinson's poetry, and their knowledge of her life, aloud.