Monday, 29 June 2015

Poetry Slam

One of my pastimes is watching video clips from Poetry Slams around the world (though most I find are in America).  This morning I introduced Room 10 to the concept by watching this video:

The class enjoyed it, although some wanted to watch it again to get a better understanding of the words and messages (he talks very fast in parts).

Next I talked about schools in the Bronx, New York, where poetry slams have changed many students' lives.  This video explains it well.

Then we went on to talk about the content of poems, and we watched a neat poem that demands poetry with meaning, not poetry that leaves you asking 'so?'.  Have a look at this:

And just to finish up, here's a slam done by a teenager in her home, showing that you don't need an event to express yourself in poem slam style.

What do you think of poetry slams? 
Do you want to give it a go?


  1. Some of these poems are really powerful and get a strong message across, I think it would bre really cool to have a go at these in class.

  2. Can we please do a poetry slam in class ?!
    You know how competitive we are and we could also publish the poem in our analogies !
    Writing about our passions, desires, worries and pain will help us gain knowledge and experience all the while expressing ourselves, in a fun way. A competition will encourage people to try harder.


  3. Anyone can pick up a pen and write a poem, but to perform it, even write it, like you mean it is a brave thing to do. In a way, your exposing your self to others judgement (because the sad thing is, people will judge) and yet they do it with such pride in themselves and there work. They know they've written something good, and perform it well to give the poem justice. I also think this would be good to do in class.

  4. I love how poetry slams are so powerful and about things that really matter. The poems in the videos are really engaging and high level. I think that it would be great and challenging to have a go writing poetry slams.

  5. Chloe
    They are so inspirational to all of those people out there that do not have the same chances and opportunities as others to speak out to the world about their problems or troubles.

  6. I think that this is a really good way for young and old to express their feelings in a way that is also boosting their confidence.

  7. I think the poetry slams are really powerful and inspirational as people have said. I think we should try them out in class because it is a good way to express feelings and as Aryan said it would add to our anthologies.

  8. Just in case


  9. Hi Mrs Hogg,
    This is amazing. I think it has been a great way to get kids in such an insecure suburb to be coming to school, having fun and talking about their feelings at the same time. This idea will change the way the community functions in the future because these kids will be growing up confident and feeling good about themselves. It takes someone slightly crazy to get up in front a highly judgmental group and talk about such important things as their feelings. I would like to introduce something like this into our school which would be really beneficial for some students. Great post idea Mrs Hogg.

  10. I agree with all comments above although I think that some kids might not want to share their feelings or, like me, don't want to get up in front of the class to share their feelings. Just thought to have a different opinion... but still, aI think that poetry slams are a great thing and it's an amazing way for kids, like Brooke said, in insecure suburbs to express their emotions in a unique, but fun, way.