Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons

Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
Spoken Word Poetry: Bundle of 4 Lessons
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Spoken Word Poetry: 4 Lesson Bundle!!!

Spoken word is a great way to not only introduce your students to poetry, but also as a way for students to engage with this participatory art form.

Four spoken word lessons have been bundled for your savings! On average classroom time to complete all 4 lessons is about 7, 50-minute class periods. This time is flexible, letting you make key decisions on how to implement each activity to meet the needs of your students.

Check out the descriptions below and if you are seeking an individual lesson, scroll to the bottom for links!

Thanks and enjoy!

Drafting a Definition and Understanding of Spoken Word

In this lesson, students will draft their own definition and cultivate a solid understanding of spoken word by engaging with three types of resources: 1) watch & listen to a spoken word commencement speech by 2016 Harvard graduate, Donovan Livingston, 2) read and analyze an article by spoken word poet Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre, and 3) consult the definition provided by The Poetry Foundation.

Unique details of this lesson?
- Students study the topic using three different types of resources (visual/audio, informed opinion piece, and a definition by a professional organization)
- Permission was granted by Mr. Tran Myhre to use his article, "10 Things Everyone Should Know About Spoken Word and Slam Poetry" in this lesson
- 40+ comprehension questions accompany the article to help students dive deeper into the text, learn new vocabulary, and slow them down for reflective, close reading.
- Students are empowered to create their own definitions based upon their experiences and textual investigation of the topic, spoken word
- A 2-page student guide sheet to help students through the process of drafting a definition and documenting their growing understanding of spoken word
- 2 formats of the article are provided: a full-text version and a 10-text card version that breaks down each of the "10 things" one should know about spoken word on to 10 manageable cards. This helps accommodate learners of varying abilities and needs.

This lesson can take anywhere from 2 to 4, hour-long class periods, depending on how you utilize the article/reading comprehension activity, and how much class discussion you want to have. The flexibility that this lesson allows is helpful in differentiating within and across your classes.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- 'Drafting a Definition' Student Guide, leading students to investigate the performance of Mr. Livingston, the article by "Guante," and a definition provided by The Poetry Foundation
- 'Drafting a Definition' Teacher Resource & Notes
- Link to Mr. Livingston's 2016 Harvard graduation spoken word commencement speech
- A full copy of the 6-page article:10 Things Everyone Should Know About Spoken Word and Slam Poetry by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre (with permission from the author!)
- Article investigation sheet with 40+ reading comprehension questions
- Answer key for the Investigation sheet
- 10 Text Cards that break down the article into more manageable pieces, each with the corresponding reading comprehension questions. Answer key provided.

Skills developed in this lesson
- Determining central ideas or themes of a text
- Summarizing key supporting details & ideas
- Integrating & evaluating how content is presented in diverse formats
- Making logical inferences
- Analyzing how multiple texts contribute to knowledge building
- Identifying figures, groups, events, and a variety of strategies & philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.

Through 4 carefully curated spoken word performance, students will grapple with topics of bullying, being oneself as a force of positive change in the world, how to healthily engage with the world around us, and resiliency in the face of stereotypes.

All performances are by poets who are teens or in their twenties, there is no profanity, and while the topics are mature the messages are positive.

Unique details of this lesson?
- All performances are by teens or people in their twenties (making the delivery more relatable to our students)
- There is no profanity, 3 of the 4 are TEDx performances
- The 4th poem is accompanied by animation, offering a unique way for students to engage with the poem
- Listening comprehension is approached in two ways: the lesson starts with students just listening to the poem, relying solely on what they hear. Then students watch the performance. This allows students to make connections among the many ways we receive information and the way we comprehend.
- The Audience Guide can be used for other activities that you do in your classroom where students need to listen and watch critically, for comprehension.

This lesson will take at least 60 - 90 minutes to complete. The time needed to listen/watch all four performances once is approximately 20minutes, they each range from 2:28 to 7:38 minutes.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- Links to the 4 performances
- Audience Guided (one-page for listening, one-page for viewing)

Skills developed in this lesson
- Evaluating a speaker's point-of-view, reasoning, & use of evidence & rhetoric
- Evaluating information presented in diverse media & formats, including visually & orally
- Applying knowledge of language to comprehend more fully when listening
- Understanding how language functions in different contexts

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to participate in 4 different activities organized around two prompts: 1) Spoken word can trace its history through these cultures & works, and 2) These are the elements of spoken word.

In the Map It task, students will identify the locations of 20+ cultures and works and then physically map them to demonstrate the diversity and commonalities within the cultural makeup of spoken word.

In the Timeline task, students identify prominent time periods for each of the cultures and works and display them on a timeline in your classroom. This help students internalize how spoken word is an ancient art form and how its evolved and continues to evolve today.

The 3rd activity is the History Grab Bag where students select a culture or work, design 4 research questions, use their available resources, and answer those questions. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice researching, finding credible sources, and avoiding plagiarism.

The 4th and final activity is the Definitions Grab Bag where students select elements of spoken word, find its definition, write it on the back of the card, and then sort with their classmates all of the elements to show their relationship to each other.

Unique details of this lesson?
- The opportunities for differentiation are outstanding. From ELLs, to varied ability learners, to learning preferences, and the time and resources you have available, these activities have you covered.
- It's mix and match! How you organize, order, or select the various activities is easy to do. Task cards, student guide sheets, 80+ culture & element cards are all ready for you to use.
- Students can learn on their own or from their peers.
- Activities are designed not only to teach content but serve as a way to gauge prior skill levels in researching, sorting, determining relationships, spatial and temporal understanding, and making judgments.

Each activity can be completed within a 50-minute to 90-minute class period, depending on how you differentiate within your classroom and the availability of research materials.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- Teacher Tips
- 2 Prompts
- 4 Task Cards
- 80+ culture, works, and element cards (+ 5 blank ones for your own additions)
- Student sheet to help them document what other groups learned in their respective activities
- A student guide into diving deeper into the history of spoken word (reflection & research)
- Forms for students to document their research questions, sources, and findings

Skills developed in this lesson
- Making logical inferences
- Integrating & evaluating content presented in diverse formats
- Writing informative/explanatory texts accurately through the effective selection, organization, & analysis of content
- Research to build & present knowledge based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation
- Developing positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society
- Respectfully expressing curiosity about the history & lived experiences of others & will engage ideas & beliefs in an open-minded way


It's one thing to read poetry, to study poetry, or even watch poetry being performed. But how do we engage with the act of writing poetry for the stage? In this lesson, students will zero in on a topic that matters to them, engage in a 5-minute writing, and then with the guidance of 12 task cards turn the very best of their 5-minute writing into a performance poem.

Unique details of this lesson?
- The prompts provided are open-ended, can be approached from so many different directions, and will ignite an emotional and/or intellectual response from students
- Task cards allow students to move at their own pace and help you differentiate instruction
- Students engage in reflective practice throughout the activity
- There are step by step tasks on how to turn a 5-minute writing into a spoken word poem
- Students will consider performance aspects when drafting and practicing their poems
- Students complete the lesson by performing their spoken word poem

This lesson will take at least two, 55-minute class period. However, depending on how much time you give students in class to work on their drafting and practicing, it could be easily stretched out to 3 or 4 days.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- 5 prompt slips (each with multiple questions on them) for the 5-minute writing to allow for differentiation, student choice, and flexibility in how you use them in your classroom
- Ideas are provided for using the prompts in various ways in your classroom
- Directions for leading students in a 5-minute writing
- 12 Task Cards
- A Task Cards Response Sheet
- A Spoken Word Poet Reflection

Skills developed in this lesson
- Applying knowledge of language; making effective choices for meaning or style
- Writing informative/explanatory texts; examining & conveying complex ideas clearly & accurately through effective selection, organization, & analysis of content
- Developing real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, & well-structured event sequences
- Producing clear & coherent writing in which the development, organization, & style are appropriate to task, purpose, audience
- Developing & strengthening writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach

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Or just want one of these Spoken Word lessons? Here they are individually:

Drafting a Definition & Understanding of Spoken Word

4 Activities: piecing together the history & elements of spoken word

Comprehension Practice: Spoken Word

Writing Poetry: Spoken Word

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