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ERIC Number: EJ864822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Slam Poetry and Cultural Experience for Children
Boudreau, Kathryn E.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2009 n1 2009
Slam poetry, being not just recitation or memorization, affords children the opportunity to express their own personal cultural experiences and values. Slam is a spoken word performance; a competition among poets. Audience commentary is ongoing during the performance and vigorous audience participation is essential in a slam format. The founders of slam, Marc Kelly Smith and Bob Holman, seek to reintegrate poetry into everyday life. The topics of slam poetry reflect the life experiences of the poets. The performance of the poem injects the poet's emotional thrust of the words. The competition creates a dynamic relationship between poet and listener. These characteristics of the slam format make it a robust vehicle for teaching children to appreciate poetry and enhance their relationship to language. Due to the personal nature of the poem presented in slam, the use of poetry slams is also effective in presenting and respecting cultural or ethnic values. The paper explores the history of slam, children's reactions to slam, and the merit of slam competition in teaching literacy skills. (Contains 1 table and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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