1. GENERAL HEADING: Language: Sounds, Structure, Meter
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Moving with the Rhythm"
3. GOALS: To develop students' sense of rhythm, especially iambic pentameter, and to
"physicalize" that rhythm.
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Any number
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: Five minutes or more, depending upon students' attention span.
7. STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION: The students tap out the rhythm, in the abstract, without words, then while speaking the verse, with their fingers, or by slapping their thighs, or tapping on someone else's back, or tapping their feet, or humming the lines rather than speaking them.
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION/DISCUSSION: Importance of feeling the rhythm in one's body, of making it second nature.
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Audrey Stanley, Co-Director of the Institute, UC-Santa Cruz; Paul Nelsen and Julia Matthews, members of the Institute.
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: Use your imagination to devise other ways of experiencing
the rhythm physically.