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Transcript of Say What!
Teaching Spoken Word Poetry in the Classroom
What is Spoken Word Poetry ?
Poetry that is meant to be
Introducing it to your students
1. Create a
What to Teach
You DO NOT have to rhyme!
You DO NOT have to have a consistent Rhyme Scheme
All you need is your own Rhythm
Comparisons using 'like' or 'as'
Comparison not using 'like' or 'as'
Series of words have the same beginning consonant sound
# of words per line
Repetitive Phrase or Word
What do you want to write about?
What is important to you?
Do you want to entertain?
Do you want to change something?
Who are YOU
How to Teach
Song Lyric Poem
YOU Responsive Poem
Pair students and have them create a poem together. There will be lines said together and separately when they perform.
Create a poem and insert song lyrics into it. The poem can be spoken in its entirety or the students can sing when they get to the lyrics
The students write a poem to someone. That someone is always referenced directly without being named.
ex: I love you vs. I love Steve.
Take up poems and redistribute them to different people. The students will read, interpret and write a response to the poem.
This is for the daily writing exercise. Put a single word or phrase into the box. This will be the subject for the day. Do not explain the subject. Let them interpret it for themselves.
Always make the daily writing timed. 6-10 minutes is plenty of time. You can also add restricting the number of lines they can write.
After the daily writing exercises allow the students to share if they would like. Pick certain writing exercises where you would like to hear from everyone. Also, some students will write additional poems on their own and will ask you if they can share those. Whether or not you allow them is to your discretion.
Final Poem is at least 1 minute long and memorized. The students pick their own topic. This is a major grade. The students will perform during class.