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Lesson 6 in a 6 part series for grade 5-6 students that explores the features of poetry as an introduction to reading, exploring and writing slam poetry. This lesson asks students to perform the poetry that they have written in a competition.
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Grade:5-6
Lesson from Cleverbean

Slam Poetry - Elements Of Performance

Learning Intention: Recite original poetry using elements of performance to engage an audience.

Lesson 6 in a 6 part series for grade 5-6 students that explores the features of poetry as an introduction to reading, exploring and writing slam poetry. This lesson asks students to perform the poetry that they have written in a competition.
FluencyEndurance
Lesson from Cleverbean
Grade: 5-6

Slam Poetry - Elements Of Performance

Learning Intention: Recite original poetry using elements of performance to engage an audience.

What you'll need

  • Paper/ card for scoring
  • Textas
  • Counters
Curriculum

Grade 5 - ACELY1700

Grade 6 - ACELY1710

Success criteria

  • Use different techniques, such as voice intonation and stress, to give a slam poetry performance.
Lesson

Modelled

  1. Building off the poems written in Lesson 5, explain to students that they will be participating in a slam poetry competition as a class. You may ask all students to compete with their original piece of poetry, or you may give them the option, and have them sign up on a sign up sheet.

  2. Explain the rules to the class:
    a. Each participant has 3 minutes to perform.
    b. The teacher will MC the competition and be calling students up to perform.
    c. Five audience members are chosen at random to judge each performance. If everyone in the class is performing, break the class into smaller groups and run ‘heats’ with five different judges for each heat.
    d. Each poem is judged on a scale of 1-10. Judges write their scores on paper/card and hold it up at the end of each performance.
    e. At the end of each poem, the audience are encouraged to show their appreciation by clicking their fingers.
    f. If running heats, the student with the highest score in each heat will progress to the finals.
    g. No props, music or costumes allowed.

  3. Review some of the slam poetry from lesson 1 and discuss with the class how each performer uses rhythm, pauses, stress, intonation, speed and movement to assist in telling their story or getting their message across on stage. Also discuss the importance of stance on stage and using eye contact to connect with the audience.