Try slam poetry with your middle school students, and they will love it! This packet has all of the resources you need to introduce this fun and creative way to teach poetry. With slam poetry, students write their own poems and perform them! Of course, they can perform classic poems as well.
Here's what's included in this packet:
1. A list of classroom friendly YouTube video links. We have previewed all of these videos and found that they are perfect for showing students what slam poetry is and how it works. Of course, you must preview the videos yourself prior to showing your students just in case a video has been changed.
2. A handout for students to take notes on what Slam Poetry is. An answer key is provided.
3. A handout for students to fill in the blanks on the different techniques used in slam poetry. An answer key is provided.
4. A sample slam poem for you as the teacher to perform. This poem is titled "A Former Me".
5. Four sample slam poems for which students can practice slam poetry techniques. Put students in small groups and have them develop a plan to perform the poem. Then, allow groups to take turns giving their best reads!
6. A handout that students can use to analyze slam poems that they see in videos or as they watch other students perform.
7. Brainstorming handouts for students to make lists of poems that they would like to write for slam poetry.
8. Six starter poetry activities with patterns. Begin by allowing students to write these poems. A pattern is followed for each of these poems making them super easy to write. This will give your students confidence in their poetry writing abilities.
*In addition to all of the printable activities, a link is provided to the activities as Google slides! This will make it possible for you to use a platform such as Google Classroom as you teach students all about Slam Poetry!
Use these resources in your poetry unit or as an early finisher program all year!
This is how we use this resource. At the beginning of the year, we use these resources to teach our students all about Slam Poetry. We show them videos, use the handouts to teach the techniques of slam poetry, and allow them to make their brainstorming lists. We have them practice the "patterned poems" and finally, begin writing their own. Once a month, we hold a "Slam Poetry" day where students or groups can perform one of their poems for the class. Any time we need early finisher work, we have students work on their own slam poems, which they keep in a notebook. They choose from these on our monthly slam poetry day. The students who are too shy to perform can choose one for the teacher to perform for them. Students love sharing their work!