The students find
their voices through slam poetry. So what makes slam poetry so unique and
poetry is an increasingly more popular form of poetry and one that is
gaining recognition in academic poetry publications and contests. However,
slam poetry has been popular since the early 1990s.
One of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry during the 1990s,
slam has revitalized interest in poetry in performance. Poetry began as part
of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of
Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems.
This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America;
while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well
received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a
democratizing force. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highly
politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as
current events for subject manner.
Bronx High School Dropout Rates
Knicks Poetry Slam
Teen Dating Violence
Taylor Mali Slam Poetry
by Nikki Grimes
2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award
Best Book for Young Adults
Children's Literature Choice
This is the story of Mr. Ward's
high school English classroom in
His students are in the midst of
a poetry lesson on the Harlem
Renaissance when a student
inspired by Langston Hughes asks
to share a poem that he has
written. The poem is so
popular, that another student
volunteers to share, and then
another. Soon, the whole class
is so involved in their poetry
recitations that Mr. Ward sets
Friday's aside for
slam poetry. As the
classmates reveal their
innermost thoughts and fears,
they begin to find ways to
relate to one another.
There are eighteen different
students represented in the
book. Each student has a unique
voice characterized in a brief
tale of their lives, as well as
the sharing of their poetry.
The reader is able to clearly
envision the lives and the
concerns of these students, as
their unique personalities are
unveiled. These teenagers are
dealing with real problems:
relationships, and low
self-esteem. The reader is
swept away on a journey with the
students as they begin to bond
and form lasting friendships
that will help them to survive
in the harsh world around them.
is very simple: You are to follow the links below to get a
better understanding of the Bronx and the issues that face many
teenagers who grow up there.
Many of the
websites that you will be visiting hold a vast amount of information
about very sensitive information. Please be as mature as possible in
reviewing this information. Because we are pressed for time, it will
be up to you to decide how much time you are to spend on each site,
but you are welcome to visit this site again from home if you would
like to learn more. However, use your time wisely to complete
this project during your assigned lab time before you go off course
remember while answering you questions:
Read each webpage carefully.
Answer your questions carefully and accurately.
Use complete sentences.
Take your time and be neat.
to access a copy of the worksheet if you don't already one.
let's get started!
make sure you understand what you need to do. The links on the
left are for you to explore. It is important that you read
carefully. You aren't only reading for the answers, but to get
a better understanding about the life of Holiday and her music.
So get your
pencil, paper, and reading eyes ready for the quest! If you get
lost, just click on the back button of the browser or ask Mrs.
Feniello or Miss Cook for help.