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SLAM POETRY

This is a short introduction to slam poetry and its potential uses in the classroom.
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brittney moffatt

on 13 May 2013

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Transcript of SLAM POETRY

Timed Usually Judged and Language Style Spoken Word Competitive What is Slam Poetry? A Step Toward a Democratic Classroom Experience Why Slam Poetry? Development of Academic Skills Figurative Language Audience Consideration Voice Unlike Academic Writing, Slam Poetry is not exclusionary.... “An important part of slam’s democratic identity is its accessibility and resulting diversity as compared to academic poetry” (Sommers-Willet 89). Dialect Diversity Slam Poetry is Global Our classrooms serve a global community Slam Poetry helps us learn about each others' culture “As a space of possibility poetry slams also provide an educative venue where young people are both teaching each other about their worlds and learning about spoken word as a form of poetry. They talk with each other, through their poetry, about how they experience their lives and how they live their lives” (Sparks 13). “We affirm the students’ right to their own patterns and varieties of language—the dialects of their nurture or whatever dialects in which they find their own identity and style” Students' Right to their Own Language It is... In Democracy everyone has a voice. “As such a performance of institutional resistance, slam poetry is often characterized by a tone of political protest or comedic social commentary. Set against a backdrop of competition and often noisy or inattentive audiences, slam poets must convince their audiences that they have something important to say” (Somers-Willet 86). “slam competition allows children to teach others about their culture and learn from others as well” (Boudreau 3) Scored Timed You do not need credentials! Everyone is welcome POETRY The art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting please by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. SLAM Verb: to dash, strike, know, thrust, throw, slap down with violent and noisy impact.
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