I found this article from Charlotte of interest. I don’t think the article draws clear lines between how memorizing and performing poetry will lead to higher literacy, but it is a great conversation for those of us in CCE.
Lure of the spoken word
Poetry reciting contest intended to entice students to read
Special to the Observer
“What’s called the dominant culture will fade away as soon as the electricity goes off,” predicts poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in a recent New York Times Magazine interview. He calls readers “an endangered species,” echoing the results of a 2004 survey by the National Endowment for the Arts which tracked a decline in the number of readers of literature…