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SLAM Poetry & Spoken Word: A Brief Introduction -The AV Teen Voice Project -FLEX

"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
Students will watch spoken word poetry performances, then analyze and discuss the poems, learning what makes some poems "demand to be heard or witnessed in person. (Sarah Kay)"

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Students will learn to better understand poetry as a whole while becoming more familiar with spoken word.  Students will learn to analyze and discuss poetry and performance.
I have been a high school AP English teacher and speech and debate coach for 15 year.  I also have an extensive background in theater and consider myself to be a storyteller, writer, and poet.
Homework Offered
All assignments will be posted on Tuesdays by 1:00pm PST (21:00 GMT). Students will post their assignments prior to Monday at 1:00pm PST. Week 1-Course introduction. "I Wanna Hear a Poem" Steve Colman "Introduction to Poetry" Billy Collins An introductory video will be posted explaining in detail the assignments of the class and how to complete them. We will also discuss specific poetic devices, paying close attention to sound (rhyme, rhythm, meter, fluctuation, alliteration, etc) Students will receive a poetry chart and taught how to complete it. Students will be taught how to understand a poem and find its MOWAW (Meaning Of the Work As a Whole). Most importantly, students will learn that poetry is about personal experience. Students will be provided with links to multiple poems and will be asked to post responses to those poems and comment on. Poems selected during the first week will serve as examples of things to come. Students will also understand the difference between spoken word poetry and slam poetry competitions. Weeks 2-4 will follow the same format, focusing on specific poets in weeks 2 & 3, and numerous poets during week 4. Numerous links will be provided for students to view multiple poems by each of the poets. Students will be asked questions and will post their responses on the message board and respond to other posts. Students will complete one poetry try for one of the poems watched during this week. Students will work together to create a list of problematic vocabulary. Week 2- Selected poems form Taylor Mali and Rives Week 3- Selected poems from Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, and Rudy Francisco Week 4- Cornucopia selected poems from a variety of poets. The final week will offer up a variety of different poets speaking on different topics. This should provide students with information needed so that they can find their own favorite spoken word poets.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
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Grades Offered
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Poems selected are all available on Youtube.  In some instances, poems may address mature themes or contain mature language. All poems used would likely be rated PG-13 or below.  The links to poems are the recommended poems and the ones that we will discuss in class. Students are free to omit poems at parents' discretion. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
"I am not the teacher that you are looking for," as I wave my hand ever so slightly.

I will not fill your students with rainbows and sunshine. I am not super high tech in the computer age. I don't offer fluff and I have no gimmicks. No puppies,... 
Flex Class


weekly or $40 for 4 weeks
4 weeks

No live video meetings
Ages 12-16

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