Consider: What is a boneyard? Where can you find a graveyard? And what will you find there? Talk about the body, the skeleton and the bones.
Do a shaking warm-up to 'ghostly' music. Locating all those body parts.
Taking the poem on a journey
Introduce 'The Boneyard Rap' as a poem, rhyming words and rhythms to sing, speak and play.
Choose to use a series of signs that signal the start of the poem. Use an associated sound, eg a bone-rattling percussion instrument; the title of the poem on card; and a skeleton.
Listen to the poet reading his poem. Read out the poem as much like a rap as possible, allowing the rhythm of the words to come through. Encourage pupils to 'rap' along with you. Use Makaton signs and symbolised words where relevant, to focus listening and enhance meaning.
Make the skeleton dance.
Explore the sounds the body can make: slap, clap, click, woooo...
Use movement and dance to explore the potential action of the poem.
Play with percussion instruments and set up 'the boneyard band' to accompany the rap.
Working with one verse at a time, take turns to choose lines or individual words to activate. Use symbolised cue cards for pupils to repeat words or lines.
The ghosts can explore 'woooo' sounds with the microphone and sheet.