April is National Poetry Month!
This month we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s greatest poets, William Shakespeare, with a celebration dedicated to the craft of creating rhythm and rhyme. Teaching poetry can be a daunting experience for the student, learning the vocabulary, the rules, and all the many different types of poetry. One way that made poetry fun for me, thus igniting a passion for writing, was when one of my teachers had a Poetry Slam in the class room. We all wrote our own poem and then performed it in front of the class. This helped all of us understand the flow and rhythm that poetry should create.
You can host your own Poetry Slam to teach students about poetry and performance.
What is a Poetry Slam?
Why do a Poetry Slam?
- “A Poetry Slam Cures the Blahs” – this article shows how a teacher used a Poetry Slam to put some life into her classroom.
- Poetry Slam Inc. answers a few questions on putting together your own Poetry Slam, and explains what Poetry Slam is.
- Project V.O.I.C.E. helps to inspire youth self expression through the spoken word.
- The Power of Poetry – this article tells of the impact of hosting your own Poetry Slam in your school or classroom.