Individual and Group Choral Speaking






Individual and Group Choral Speaking :


In the individual speaking or what is popularly known as ‘Line-a-Child’ choral speaking, individual children say some lines while groups recite or the whole class recites the other line. The following rhymes clearly illustrate this type of choral speaking.

DIDDLE DIDDLE DUMPLING

ALL : Diddle Diddle Dumpling

My son John

PUPIL 1 : Went to bed with his trousers on

PUPIL 2 : One shoe off and one shoe on

ALL : Diddle Diddle Dumpling

My son John

SOLOMAN GRUNDY

ALL : Soloman Gurndy born on Monday

PUPIL1 : Christened on Tuesday

PUPIL 2 : Married on Wednesday

PUPIL 3 : Very ill on Thursday

PUPIL 4 : Worse on Friday

PUPIL 5 : Died on Saturday

PUPIL 6 : Buried on Sunday

All: This is the end of Solomon Grundy

In antiphonal rhymes contrasting voices, that is, light /high-pitched / lowpitched /heavy/happy can be used to convey the mood, atmosphere and rhythm of the rhyme, starting with a light, cheerful mood, progressing in a voice filled with quiet happiness, continuing in a growing atmosphere of sadness and concluding on a note of grief.




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