Since there is a connection between songs and poems, find the lyrics for your favorite song, if you don’t know them by heart. Also, be careful since sometimes we think we know the words but we don’t have them quite right! Sing along with the music and then practice reciting the lyrics without any background noise. Which way is easier?
Some suggested songs to start with:
holiday (“Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night,” etc.)
pop music (Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, etc.)
Gather several poems (you can write the words yourself, print them from the Internet, or look in books.) On the paper the poem is printed/ written, or on Post-Its, write the number of syllables in each line at the end of the line.
This old man, he played one, 6
He played knick knack on his thumb 7
With a knick, knack, paddy whack, 7
Give the dog a bone; 5
This old man came rolling home. 7
Read rhyming poems at different paces, or tempos. What changes when you read it fast? slow? Can you maintain clear diction even when you read them quickly?
Often we have our own soliloquies in mind. Sometimes we share them, sometimes we just think about them. Even if you don’t have a repetitive idea, you can easily make one up. Just think about a topic you are passionate about that relates to yourself (e.g. a sport you play, a favorite place to go, a friend, etc.). Practice your soliloquy in front of a mirror.
If you can find a partner to “act out” a dramatic dialogue, great! Find a script of a television show or Readers Theatre script. Choose your rolls and act out a dramatic dialogue where you talk to each other using the appropriate volume (e.g. whisper, yell, scream, etc.). Have fun!