I feel honored to have shared spaces and stages with so many of the brightest and bravest truth-tellers that the current queer slam scene has to offer. If I could change one thing about the way that we do slam, it would be to make events more accessible overall. There are of course more accommodations that can and should be made. These ten incredible poets are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of of the potential of trans slam poets to create more honest, inclusive spaces.
Some time during October, I teach the following two activities, which are then added to the "menu" of activities my students are allowed to choose from: These both mix logical thinking with creative thinking: Sausage Sentences with Illustrations Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences And right before our fourth quarter, I allow my eighth graders the right to work with partners and create new proposals vocabulary activities for all my students to use.
Exemplary Personified Vocabulary Exemplary Mr. Cartoons Exemplary Vocabulary Haikus Teacher-made exemplar: Click here for my teacher-made exemplar.
It comes with explanations for what it takes to earn full points with this writing activity. Show your students what an EGOT looks like.
Tier-2 Vocabulary-Inspired"Quick Poems" Instead of memorizing new words, I ask students to write thoughtful pieces of short writing inspired by new words they self-select from class reading. They learn those new words while reviewing their writing skills.
I play my part, of course, by providing plenty of academic vocabulary a.
Each of the 18 different poetry formats are based on tier-2 word that I want to hear my students use in class as we talk to each other. I created 18 poetry formats because, starting last year, I set aside a small amount of time every two weeks to learn new vocabulary word in this manner.
I want the introduction to the words and poetry format to be learned in less than ten minutes so that students can then have fifteen to twenty minutes to compose as a group.
As the poem is written, the group cooperates and uses writing skills we have been working on in class, and each poetry format comes with plenty of obvious opportunities to review grammar and punctuation. In addition, these "quick poems" all: Can be assigned to single students, partners, or even groups of three or four, depending on the scaffolded support you feel some of your less-productive writers might need to be successful.
I prefer the safety of a small group, but I allow those kids of mine who prefer to write alone to separate themselves from the group I have put them in and compose something individually while the rest of the small group stays intact.
Some of the poetic challenges, my wife tells me, are pretty difficult too, and to that I say, "Good. Some days, we find time to share as a whole group, but some days I simply send them back to sit with their Sacred Writing Time partners and share with that person.
The more we share, the more we own the language that surrounds us.
Publishing is a powerful incentive to student writers; celebrate their "quick poem" ideas with the other thousands of teachers who also follow and use the materials.Fantastic film!
Though not every single poem is appropriate for classroom use, most are and my students have been crying and laughing along with these poets for nearly 10 years now that I've been teaching a Slam Poetry unit. Fantastic film! Though not every single poem is appropriate for classroom use, most are and my students have been crying and laughing along with these poets for nearly 10 years now that I've been teaching a Slam Poetry unit.
Gabe and I met at Capturing Fire, Washington, DC’s queer slam poetry summit. We bonded pretty much instantly over growing up disabled, trans, and Jewish.
Push students to write, revise, and publish multiple slam poems with this packed Slam Poetry Unit. Lesson plans built around thematically-curated, school-appropriate slam poems will challenge students' notions of poetry AND identity, encouraging them to use their voice and powerful poetic techniques to speak up for what is right and tell their story.
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E.
-- and gives. Maya Angelou - Poet - Maya Angelou was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil.