Slam Poetry, Spoken Word Poetry Unit Plan

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I used this at the end of the 20/21 school year in all my HS classes. Students were in-person/remote. They all enjoyed it.
Taught a creative writing elective for the first time and my remote and in-person learners loved this unit!

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    Unit Plan & Happy Mail Cards


    This no-prep, engaging, CCSS-aligned slam poetry unit is packed with student-centered spoken word poetry activities and assignments designed to promote inquiry and self-expression as students explore and write slam poetry / spoken word poetry. Writing poetry can be a fun, interactive, student-centered experience that engages every learner! Build writing, reading, speaking and listening, and meta-cognitive skills with these digital and print resources for Google Drive.

    These resources provide the complete slam poetry experience, from exploration to analysis, from writing to performance. Your students will understand and appreciate slam poetry, but they will also learn strategies for how to write it well. I use these materials in my own classroom and have carefully revised and structured them so that they are effective and engaging.

    Click here to receive a guide full of my best tips for building slam poetry excitement in your classroom.


    In this unit plan bundle, you'll receive a no-prep, engaging, CCSS-aligned slam poetry unit with student-centered activities and assignments designed to grow student writers with inquiry and self-expression.

    Let's take a closer look:

    ★Five Week Unit Plan with CCSS-aligned anchor standards and student-friendly "I Can" statements so that you have a ready-to-go framework for teaching slam poetry.

    ★Detailed Teacher Notes in Helpful "This, Not That" Format so that you can see what has really worked in my classroom.

    ★Curated YouTube Playlist to Accompany Unit Plan so that you don't have to spend time searching for the best "clean" slam poetry on YouTube.

    ★Four "Happy Mail" cards to use for listener response so that you can build rapport in your classroom and encourage student performers.

    Slam Poetry Introductory Activities so that you can help students to define slam poetry, review literary and poetic devices, and brainstorm topics for writing.

    My Favorite Poem Analysis Project so that you can give students time to explore and find a slam poet and style they love...and then share it with the class!

    Close Reading Analysis of Four Slam Poems so that you have ready-to-go exemplars + a more structured opportunity for response and textual analysis.

    Slam Poetry Writing and Reflection Resource so that you can help students to be independent, purposeful writers.

    Slam Poetry Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Examples so that you can help students to explore their topic in more depth before finalizing a draft. And as an added bonus, I've remixed the previous resource for teachers who want to streamline the process and make it completely student-led! TheseSlam Poetry Exploration, Brainstorming, Writing Activities are ideal for teachers who don't have a lot of time to teach slam poetry!

    Slam Poetry Rehearsal and Performance Resources so that you can help students improve their speaking skills and get ready to slam!


    Benefits of digital interactive resources include:

    ★ High engagement = happy students and happy teacher

    ★ Student-friendly 1:1 environment

    ★ Development of college and career readiness skills

    ★ Fluid integration of ELA skills

    ★ Productive use of class time that is maximized for student learning

    This resource is helpful for:

    ★ Teachers new to a digital learning environment.

    ★ Teachers who are looking to save time with ready-made digital resources.

    ★ Teachers who love to innovate and try new things!

    ★ Teachers who love a great deal!


    Teachers and students are loving this resource!

    ★"What a fabulous unit! The resources are well organized and the online links have saved me hours of preparation time. Thank you so much!" -Patricia A.H.

    ★"Students were hesitant at first when I told them we were going to begin a poetry unit... but when I told them we would be studying slam poetry, they were excited! I love this unit (and the kids did too!). So many great resources within one unit, organized with links, and easy to use. Thank you!" -Mandy C.

    ★"Fantastic unit plan. The activities and resources were fun and easy to use. Students loved this unit and produced awesome slam poems." -Buyer

    ★"This was an amazingly comprehensive unit with detailed instructions for every step of the way. I used it with my drama class and it was a great resource." -Margo T.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
    Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


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