From Nervous to Natural Public Speakers at James H. Boyd

 From Nervous to Natural Public Speakers at James H. Boyd photo
Fifth-graders in Mrs. Mc Leod’s class at James H. Boyd Intermediate School put on a poetry slam on Dec. 15. Students practiced memorizing their poems of choice for months, and were very excited to perform in front of their fellow students and family members who were in attendance. While reciting their poems, students also showcased a prop that represented their poem.

Not only was this event conducted to instill the love of poetry in students, but also to help them become comfortable with public speaking.
“I was nervous, but I’m not nervous to perform anymore,” said Ellie, one of the participating students.

Poems chosen were written by famous authors such as Shel Silverstein and Edward Lear, and many had positive themes like love and friendship.

“I enjoyed being able to pick my own poem, and not being assigned one,” said fifth-grade Emily, “and it made me feel good to be able to help other people in my class get better at practicing their poems by giving them feedback.”