A Memorable Afternoon of Middle School Recitations

Last week, the SMUS Middle School students performed at their recitations finals. Recitations – a long-held school tradition where students memorize poems, monologues and other material – are learned in Language Arts classes by all students, who then perform for their peers and teachers. For an impressive recitation, students must not only learn their piece thoroughly but also portray emotion, incorporate movement and create a scene without any props. Ranging from the comical to the tragic, these performances are a great way for students to engage with literature, modern or otherwise, and to learn the basic elements of a good dramatic performance.

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