Hello Spoken Word artists to be; you are about to learn about Spoken Word poetry or Slam Poetry.
In the 1990's, this poetry movement was once again brought back to life. It is now an oral tradition that resembles The Beats, which were also devoted to Spoken Word.
The popularity of this type of poetry was prevalent among young poets and youth, especially those of diverse backgrounds. As a result this type of poetry often touches on political, economic, racial, and gender-related issues.
Your task is to research and learn all you can about Spoken Word poetry.
You are to create a poetry booklet, which will include samples of spoken word poetry that you have found and enjoyed; reflections on poems by spoken word artists, definitions or poetic devices, as well as your own original works.
Once you are comfortable and have viewed all the information about Spoken word, you will then recite them to our class during our own Poetry Slam! Good luck artists!
1. Open a Microsoft Word Document and save it to your student account.
This will be your poetry booklet give it an original name.
2. Go to the links for poetic devices and become familiar with them. In Spoken word poetry perfect rhyme is not used as much as slant rhyme, metaphor is used more than simile and alliteration is quite common. Sound simple enough? Do not worry you will learn all about Slam Poetry as you journey through this web quest.
3. Look up the following terms and write their definitions, please give me an original example for each of your terms.
Simile : a comparison using like or as.
My example: This assignment on spoken word poetry is going to be cool as ice!
Get it? Here are the definitions I want you find and give definitions and one example for each, now time to open your poetry
Poetry Term List
Metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, onamotapoe, slant rhyme, perfect rhyme, personification, assonance.
4. Now begin your viewing of the variety of links to videos and text websites all about Spoken Word poetry. Once you feel like you have a handle on this style of poetry I want you to begin typing your original Spoken Word Poetry into your Poetry Booklet, be sure to save as you go.
5. Each poem is to have a one paragraph interpretation of it written after it. This will be your own words about why you wrote the poem. What inspired you to write this piece?
6. Print your poems as you complete them as a hard copy will be needed in order to read in front of the class during our Poetry Slam.
Slant Rhyme(half rhyme) Poetic
What is Spoken Word Poetry?
Spoken Word Artist links
Shane Koyczan’s poem “We Are More”
Spoken Word Videos
Sarah Kay’s “Hands” –free verse poetry example
Asia’s “The Waiting Hour”
Daniel Beattie’s “Knock Knock”
Need Ideas to write about?
Amnesty International Canada
Sea Shepherd Society
You will be graded on the completeness of your Poetry Booklet. - Rubric
You will also be grade on your Spoken Word Performance we do in class. Rubric
Your participation will be marked on your ability to stay on task during our writing classes.
HAVE FUN MY POETS!!!!