These sites feature resources about poetry slams. Follow lesson plans to help plan a poetry slam, view pictures and videos of poetry slam participants, and find tips for how to write better poetry. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Value of Poetry and Poetry Imagery.
Marc Kelly Smith is the founder of the poetry slams, first begun at the Green Mill in Chicago. Read more about the origins of poetry slams. Click on "Media" to watch two videos of Marc performing, and one clip featuring the Green Mill on the Oprah Winfrey show. NOTE: This site needs Flash to play videos.
Read this article about teens who will participate in a poetry slam, an event that promotes literacy and provides opportunities for youth to have their voices heard. NOTE: This site includes ads and links to social networking sites.
This unit includes four separate lesson plans. Topics include: introducing poetry to students, connecting rap lyrics to poetry, reading published poems, learning how poetry can serve as social commentary, and having students write poetry in their own voice.
Read a brief description about poetry slams. Follow the links to read transcripts of PBS interviews with poetry slam participants. NOTE: Links lead to YouTube videos. Teachers should preview links in case they include the use of profanity.
These sites are about imagery in poetry and writing. Learn what imagery is and how it can be used in poetry and writing. Includes exercises and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Poetry: Simile and Figurative Language, Figurative Language, Writing: Similes and Metaphors, and Writing: Personification.