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Transcript of Slam Poetry
Jackie Pereira's Senior Project "poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry.... which puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it." Why slam poetry? -Wanted to learn more about this style of writing
-Outlet for peers to express themselves
-Had tried to help with last year's, didn't work out My research paper There are often claims that slam poetry is competitive in its nature and therefore ruins the spirit of traditional poetry. I refuted this belief by researching the history of slam poetry and how it's fast-paced nature brings poetry to a more accessible 21st century level that is necessary for the art form's survival. This was evidenced by the fact that while poetry readership has been dying rapidly amongst adults, poetry slams have only multiplied in number. Beginning the execution -Spread the word via announcements, English classes
-1st meeting mid-February, had attendees sign up
-Figure out who actually was committed
-Assign teams, begin group messages on Facebook
-Help teams begin writing their slam poems
-Post annoying reminders/inspirational slam poems
-Re-assign teams The Slam THANK YOU Mrs. Proctor
Mrs. Murphy Kelly Ledwith, Izzy Tisdale, Kelsey Pandiani, Dylan Lyons, Kristy Ledwith, Larissa Beecher, Cassie Martin, Cesca Vinciguerra, Heidi Thomas, Kelsey Sparrow, Kaila Mahon, and Darious Texeria What I Learned Obstacles 2 Parts: Individual and Group Poems
Assigned random judges
Poets given a score 1-10 by each judge
Winner determined by averaging scores of all poems Finding a new senior project
Lack of attendance at meetings
Re-doing teams last minute
Making necessary reservations
Overcoming preconceptions of slam poetry
Learning to use Prezi What is a poetry slam? "a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance." (Poetry Slam, Inc.) -Skills such as how to organize/ mass communicate
-Enjoy helping people find their voices
-I am capable of pulling off such an event
-Felt as though it was a great way to end my high school career Mr. St. Germain, Krista Thorsen, and Ali Gowrie