Included in this Slam Poetry Unit is a 60+ page document that outlines each lesson in-depth and provides you EVERY resource that you will need to teach the unit. You will not need to invest any time planning for the month.
The lessons are built in a sequential manner, scaffolding new learning and building upon the ideas from the lesson before. The lessons will not leave you guessing what to do or trying to make sense of the resources on your own. If you are a newer teacher, or new to slam, you will find these lessons thorough and easy to follow. If you are experienced, you will have a lot of material to tweak and revise to your liking. My hope is that you will be able to save yourself a lot of planning time while you are introducing slam to your students.
All slam poems, worksheets, overheads, handouts, assessment tools, internet links and selected readings described in the lesson plan overview are included in the resources. With the purchase of this unit, you will have approximately 4 weeks of material ready to go with no planning or resource development required on your end. I have taught this unit several times, always tweaking and improving it, and it has been well-received by my students in grades 9-12. As I continue to refine the unit, I will update this document for your continued use.
‘Quick Glance’ Overview of What’s Included:
-Rapid-write activity to introduce Slam Poetry
-Mini-lesson on connotation and denotation
-Background article on slam poetry and a Cornell note activity
-Slam poem reading and internet research based on the poem
-Article reading about poetry’s gloomy image
-Text-connections between slam poem and article, focusing on the need for diversity in poetry “voices”
-Mini-lesson on figurative and literal language and its implications for “voice”
-Critical literacy examination of voice in a slam poem that was delivered through a TED Talk, then went viral on YouTube and was animated by over 86 animators who donated their time and talents for free
-Analysis of a slam poem and its performance, examining the written words and the stage performance and how both contribute to the art of slam
-Brainstorming for slam poem topics to help students plan their own slam poem and performance
-Delivering a poem orally: focus on poetry devices, sound devices, and proper delivery to select a published poem and recite it to the class orally
-An examination of storytelling criteria, as identified by slam-founder Marc Smith, required in slam poetry and an analysis of those criteria in a slam poem
-Slam poem assignment for your own slam ‘competition’ in class, supported by all planning worksheets to guide students, and assessment tools
-Examination of over 10 slam poems available on YouTube, for the purpose of identifying techniques and strategies that may help them in their poem.
-Unit Test: Slam poem sight passage
-End of unit group discussion questions