Students begin by creating an original work of poetry and finish by making it into a dramatic performance. They will learn PIPES (Projection, Inflection, Pace, Eye Contact, Stance) skills needed for performance poetry and culminate with a spoken word reading, teaching them to transform their work into an artistic tool for self-expression. Teaching artist Ali McClain will expose students to various writing prompts (poetry, movie/TV clips, news, pop culture, etc.) for inspiration. Students will have the opportunity to provide critical feedback during the spoken word readings in an effort to improve performance techniques such as adding gestures for meaning, PIPES and overall content. Ali McClain will emphasize the importance of writing for oneself in order to have a voice in their community and even the world. In addition, students will be exposed to national young spoken word poets, local open mic venues and other resources for encouragement to continue writing.
Who Else Will Write for Me?
- Ali McClain
Art Form(s)Literary Arts
CurriculumEnglish Language Arts, Character Education
Grade Level(s)7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Program Available As:
- In-School Workshops
- After or Out of School Workshops
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