Poetry Group Slam

Performance poetry for group bonding and team work. A Henry Brothers’ Blog Post

The Henry Brothers' Jim Jam Slam

Poetry can be contemplative and reflective but it can also be performed to an audience. Performed by an individual or, as in this activity, by a group.  You’ll need a text or texts suitable for a group performance.

Students should be made aware of how they can orchestrate poems in various ways.

By varying the speed or pace, pitch, rhythm, mood of the poem. By varying the number of voices speaking at the same time. Or, by adding special effects, such as echo, overlapping lines, movements or sound effects.

What you do –

Students work in groups of three or more.

Distribute the texts, one per student and allow 15 minutes for discussion and planning of how the text will be performed. This will need to be monitored carefully.

Groups then rehearse their poems two or three times before they’re called to perform.

This activity is excellent for group bonding…

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to canmoorcroft@gmail.com or paul.zarraga@gmail.com
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