Slam Poetry - Power of Words (Free)

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Slam Poetry in Schools
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The Power of Words - This is the first video in an online slam poetry video series designed specifically for teachers who would like to use slam to get their students excited about creative writing. Video Length 9:35

The objective of this lesson is to introduce slam poetry and create a safe place for students to take a creative risk and try slam for the first time.

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Slam Poetry in Schools

Each video in the series is a stand-alone lesson that can be taught on its own, but each subsequent lesson builds on the writing objectives and principals of the one before it, so it can also be taught as a poetry module.

Each lesson has an instructional video, a downloadable lesson plan with learning objectives, as well as, 'Sample' slam performances I wrote and performed so it would be easy for your students to see and hear what their slam could sound like before they start writing.

If you are interested in slam poetry, but you've never written it yourself or even been to a poetry slam, I have a free email course that you're welcome to check out. It will give you a really great introduction to the world of slam poetry and why it's such a powerful tool for engaging and empowering students. Slam Poetry Course

Overview - What is Slam Poetry and Why is it so Powerful in the Classroom?

Slam Poetry is the combination of creative writing and creative performance. It's not like rap or hip-hop because there's no music or beats. It's not like theater or acting because there are no costumes or props. It's just about words.

At a poetry slam, the audience is an active participant. Everyone knows it can be scary to get up in front of people and read or perform. So when the slam master (teacher) calls the next poet to the stage, (front of the room) we clap and cheer them all the way from their seat to the stage. And if we like something that the poet said, or how they said it, we give them snaps. We snap our fingers because it’s just loud enough they can hear, but it’s not so loud that we miss the next thing they might be saying. This creates a really fun, interactive and supportive environment in a classroom.

The first step is the hardest, and taking a creative risk and try something new takes courage and a safe and supportive environment. This is a HUGE part of why slam poetry has proven to be so effective in schools. It provides a unique opportunity not only in how students approach being creative as writers, it also transforms the classroom into a safe and supportive place to take a creative risk.

As a slam poet myself, I felt a video series was the best way to communicate this material so teachers can see and hear the dynamic combination of creative writing and performance. I have taught this material to students from Grade 3 - 12. You can check out this free intro video to see how engaged students are!Slam Poetry

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