Classroom Poetry Slams
A Brief Guide to Slam Poetry
This page includes a short essay and related links.
An Incomplete History of Slam
Background to slam, arranged chronologically. Click on "Index" for organization by topic.
Lesson Plan 1: Using a Poetry Slam to Teach the Mechanics of Poetry
Everything you need to stage a poetry slam in your classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions, rules, and other resoures from Poetry Slam Incorporated.
Students will locate a poem of their choice from a designated website to interpret. Students will then search the Internet for performances of the poem they select. In addition to creating a written interpretation of the poem, including references to websites they visited to view other performances, students will perform the poem of their choice before a live audience. Prior to their performance, students will create posters using Glogster to advertise the slam. As audience members, students will evaluate the performance of their peers.
A Poetry Slam Cures the Midwinter Blahs
A teacher reflects on a poetry slam held in her classroom. Scroll down for links to additional information.
Poetry Slam: PowerPoint Style
Students select poems, create slide presentations that use graphics and text to enhance those poems, and then display their presentations as they read their poems aloud.
Slam! Bringing Poetry to Life
This page presents rationales for using a poetry slam in the classroom, including standards, materials, and career connections.
Stage a Poetry Slam!
Definition and tips for planning a poetry slam, and related national standards.
What to Expect at a Poetry Slam
Tips for newbies, related links.