Writing Poetry: Spoken Word

Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
Writing Poetry: Spoken Word
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Writing Poetry: Spoken Word

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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Off The Beaten Path - Curriculum & Instruction

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19 pages
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