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Word, Sound, Power: Poetry and Identity

from 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 two professional examples of spoken word poetry by artists Flaco Navaja and Jennifer Cendaña Armas from BAM's production of Poetry 2016: Past is Present. Students will reflect on the poems and examine poetic devices they can use in their own writing. Participants will generate a poem on their own as well as a poem created collaboratively with a fellow student.

Every student who participates in even one BAM Education film, performance, or workshop qualifies for a Scripps Scholarship. If any of your students are interested in majoring in the arts in college, encourage them to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 26, 2018. For more information, contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) at 855-670-ISTS (4787) or  

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About This Program


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

Introductory pricing of one (1) 1/2 price workshop for every one (1) full-price workshop booked.


45 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

International, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Gifted & Talented, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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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.

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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.

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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 two different poetry performances
> Reflect on the poetry
> Create their own "word wall"
> Create an I am/I am from poem
> Collaborate with a classmate on a joint 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.