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ERIC Number: EJ1119137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Slam Poetry: An Artistic Resistance toward Identity, Agency, and Activism
Muhammad, Gholnecsar; Gonzalez, Lee
Equity & Excellence in Education, v49 n4 p440-453 2016
In this essay, the authors present experiences as writers (poets), thinkers, and activists to explicate the literary genre of slam poetry and its affordances as an artistic resistance toward the end of identity, agency, and activism. These areas of development are critical for youth because they are beginning to be navigated and established during adolescence. As youth engage in individual identity formation and define their values in relation to the world around them, slam has the potential to act as a vehicle for that exploration. Through the sharing of a dialogic exchange about slam poetry, the authors discuss the purpose and power of language and provide considerations for ways in which this out-of-school literacy act can be transferred into classroom spaces with youth. This work is timely; the need for youth to make sense of their worlds is an urgent compulsion and English language arts instruction needs a major shift to focus on criticality as much as schools currently focus on skills and proficiencies.
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Language: English
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