Word. Sound. Power.: Poetry and Identity

by  BAM Education

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Students work with a BAM teaching artist to explore the power of the spoken word. Participants are introduced to a professional example of spoken word poetry by artist Flaco Navaja from BAM's production of Poetry 2016: Past is Present. Students will reflect on the poem and examine poetic devices they can use in their own writing. Participants will generate a poem on their own with an opportunity to share out to the class. 

This program can be taught with American Sign Language interpretation. The program can be adapted to serve students with physical, emotional, and cognitive/developmental disabilities. Please let us know if any one or more of these categories describes anyone in your student population at booking and we'll prepare accordingly. 

Sign language interpreters require at least 2 weeks' notice to book. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $200.00
Point to Point Premium: $160.00


45 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode


Refer to BAM Poetry Study Guide: http://www.bam.org/education/2017/study-guide/poetry-2017/context

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to school closures due to weather i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 72 hours notice.

About This Provider

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BAM Education

Brooklyn, NY
United States

BAM Education connects learning with creativity, engaging
imagination by encouraging self-expression through in- and after-school
programs for students and teachers and offerings for audiences of all ages.

Education Department

Program Details


1. The program begins with a review of essential terminology and concepts around poetry
2. Students will then see a video of Flaco Navaja performing his poem "I Be"
3. There will then be a reflection on students' reaction to the poem.
4. There will then be an activity in which students create a "word wall" in anticipation of creating their first poem.
5. Using the words from their jointly created "word wall" students will write their own "I am" or "I am from" poem
6. The teaching artist will call on students willing to read their poem aloud
7. Students will then see a video performance by poet Jennifer Cendaña Armas.
8. The teaching artist will lead a reflection of the poem asking them "what they heard" and "what words jumped out at you?"
9. Students will then write a poem in collaboration with a classmate.
10. The teaching artist will call on willing pairs of students to read aloud their joint poem.
11. There will then be a reflection on the whole workshop and the TA will take any questions from the students


The participants will:
> Explore concepts related to poetry; spoken word poetry and hip hop
> Hear and see a poetry performances
> Reflect on the poem
> Create their own "word wall"
> Create an I am/I am from poem
> Engage in a conversation about poetry,and spoken word poetry
> Participate in a question and answer session at the end of the workshop

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.L.2c -- Spell correctly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RI.1 -- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RI.6 -- Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.SL.1 -- Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.W.2d -- Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.