After viewing two spoken word presentations, this engaging lesson requires students to view, listen, speak, collaborate and write, so they will be working on many language arts strands at once. More importantly, they will be thinking about and discussing issues that are relevant to their lives.
The lesson begins with a quick write and then students will view two different youtube videos that present spoken word poetry: "Somewhere in America" and "What Students Really Need to Hear" (links are included). After they view each video they will do more reflective writing before they share their ideas with their classmates. Next, they will do a group activity that gets them to critically evaluate the courses they take. I have also included some wrap up writing activities, which you can find in an editable file, should you wish to adapt the assignment. Handouts are included for students to use, or should you wish to save paper, just use the slide show to instruct them as they write in their own notebooks.
This is a lesson that could be completed in one class, or it could expand over several, depending on how deeply you would like to take the discussions. Also, it is one that could be used in several grade levels--you would just expect more complex discussion from the students in higher grades.
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