An elementary teacher builds community and covers core Language Arts standards by holding weekly open mics in her classroom.1
by TeachingChannel 1,370 views
Lila Gray instills her own love of poetry in her students by encouraging them to write original works and finding poems that express who they are. Her weekly open mic sessions create a perfect venue for building confidence and helping students find their voice while still hitting core standards and learning lifelong skills.
Moving trailer for a documentary about four teams of young people in Chicago preparing to compete in the world's largest youth poetry slam.2
by siskeljacobs 84,323 views
Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice.
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"One of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in years... Now that it has qualified for the Oscar via the DocuWeeks showings, I find it hard to rule out a film this vibrant and this moving." - Steve Pond, The Wrap
"Four Chicago high-school poetry teams dazzle, inspire and kick serious ass with words as they prep for the world's biggest youth poetry slam. Thankfully their journey is never saccharine. What it is: powerful and exhilarating." - Liz Plosser, TimeOut Chicago
"An affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best..." - Robert Koehler, Variety
"Fascinating...Inspiring..." - Susan King, LA Times
"What bowls you over in this film is the depth and intelligence and passion of these young poets, how they throw themselves so completely into this form of expression, not only in the way they perform (explosively...louder than a bomb) but in how they open up about their lives and create something of extraordinary beauty. I can't imagine someone watching this film and not getting choked up. It's inspiring and life-affirming." - Tim Miller, Cape Cod Online
"Calling 'Louder Than a Bomb' a documentary is doing it a disservice. It is an important film acted by real-life kids with real-life issues. It has drama and an arc that most dramatic films struggle to achieve. The soundtrack is powerful and engaging. This movie explodes off the screen and into your heart." - Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Founder and New Music Seminar Co-Founder/Co-Director
Two-time poet laureate Billy Collins gives us our "recommended dietary allowance" of poetry, including animated videos of 5 of his poems.3
by TED 104,786 views
http://www.ted.com Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!
Credits for the animations in this talk:
"Budapest," "Forgetfulness" and "Some Days" -- animation by Julian Grey/Head Gear
"The Country" -- animation by Brady Baltezor/Radium
"The Dead" -- animation by Juan Delcan/Spontaneous
More at: http://http://www.bcactionpoet.org
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I couldn't resist this viral gem, featuring a serious little boy who clearly has an aptitude for memorization and a dramatic flair.4
by D Chelpka 812,136 views
This is my 3-year-old son. He loves poetry and he loves to memorize. Here he is reciting a poem called "Litany" by Billy Collins.
Here is the text:
"You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.
However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.
It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general's head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.
And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.
It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.
I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.
I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman's tea cup.
But don't worry, I'm not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and--somehow--the wine."
One in a full series of short videos by Booktrust in the UK, with great tips for teachers on encouraging children to love writing poetry.5
by Booktrust 1,050 views
The National Endowment for the Arts' Poetry Out Loud program is a national recitation contest that starts in the classrooom and ends up in DC.
This incredible organization uses technology to connect students in urban schools to compete in slams with students in other cities.7
by TEDxTalks 805 views
Together, Maria Fico and John Ellrodt, Co-Presidents of Global Writes, have spent over forty years working in the schools and classrooms of New York and other cities. As teachers, as district staff and as technology specialists, they have designed and implemented countless projects and programs to explore the ways that new and emerging technologies enhance and extend education. Now, as consultants and leaders of a growing not-for-profit, they focus on bringing students, teachers, artists and thinkers together in collaborative communities, utilizing technology to cross the borders of time, space, language and age.
Great lesson plan alert! Teams of kids analyze "poetry in motion" videos, then blog and podcast their reflections. Technology + literacy = win!8
by TeachingChannel 1,836 views
Keri McAllister uses technology, workstations, and a lot of choice to turn her students loose on a unit on poetry. In workstations students watch "poetry in motion" videos, create a podcast about their chosen poet, and post reflections on a chosen poem on their class blog.
A student's powerful poem about how critical it is to teach to the heart as well as the head. Caution, some language and content is intense.
Ready to put on a poetry slam in your own school? Start here. A writing teacher takes you step-by-step through how to produce your own slam.10
by MrJayDarwin 5,119 views
Designed for both teachers and students, this video gives you everything you need to stage a poetry slam at your school. Jay Schroder is a poet and high school creative writing teacher. He started holding poetry slams in his classroom nine years ago and found that these events not only engaged students, and pushed them toward higher levels of achievement, they also dramatically increased student confidence—a factor directly correlated to academic and life success. Eagle Point High School now holds an annual poetry slam in which 80-100 students step on stage and deliver an original poem to a cafeteria filled to capacity with peers and teachers.