Performing Arts

Let’s Slam! Spoken Word

Category Performing Arts

Grades 6-12 (Full Day)

Curriculum Connections Canadian and World Studies, The Arts – Drama, English, Language

Explore the world of spoken word performance. In this full-day program, students will discover the rich history and cultural roots of spoken word performance art and gain insight into the rules and elements of spoken word competitions (known as Poetry Slams). Students will draft, polish and perform a piece, guided by a practicing spoken word artist. Who will walk away with the title of top spoken word artist of your class?

Using dramatic arts techniques, students will hear, create and respond to issues relevant to their world.

Key Inquiry Question: How can you use the methods of oral communication to find your voice?

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Describe the history of spoken word performance
  • Identify issues of social justice
  • Draft, polish and perform a piece of spoken word poetry

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