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Acting Through Spoken Poetry: High School Advanced Model Cornerstone Assessment

Acting Through Spoken Poetry Model Cornerstone Assessment

Title: Acting Through Spoken Poetry
Grade Level: High School Advanced
Author: Heather Arters
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting

Task Description: Students will work in pairs to create a poetry recitation presentation of a chosen poem and will be assessed for physicality, vocal interpretation, dramatic investment, and mastery of the work.

Evidence of Student Learning Collected: Student recitation presentations

MCAs model effective assessment practice and demonstrate that standards-based teaching in the arts is specific and, rigorous, by sharing a glimpse into one teacher's classroom. The MCAs on this website come packaged with a suggested strategy for assessing student learning, types of evidence to collect, model rubrics, and samples of student work demonstrating their process and learning. The samples of student work illustrate the unit in action by providing a snapshot of a moment in time showing student response to instruction.   

Click here to View the full MCA as a guide for re-creating this unit and assessment customized for your classroom.

This model cornerstone assessment was created and piloted during the 2020-2021 school year, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Assessment Tool


Additional Tools and Resources

View and download the MCA and any additional materials. 

  • HS-III Acting Through Spoken Poetry Model Cornerstone Assessment Unit
    Access the full Acting Through Spoken Poetry MCA unit for High School Advanced students.
  • Poetry Out Loud Rubric Worksheet
    Worksheet to analyze the Poetry Out Loud rubric and plan for success.

Illustrating the Process: Samples of Student Work

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