Participants will individually write and perform a short-spoken word poem addressing the topic of “work”
This activity can be done alone or in groups of up to 4.
A time of collective feedback can be planned: each one presents his/her work and especially part 5 which allows to think collectively on the links with current events.
Introduction of Spoken Word Poetry 5-7 Minutes
Host asks participants to get seated and play one of the following videos.
>Please note to access this video with subtitles switch on the cc at the bottom right of the screen and then go to settings > subtitles > auto-translate and select your language of choice.
What is Spoken Word Poetry? 10-12 Minutes
Ask learners to share their thoughts on what spoken word poetry is after watching the video. After a short 3–5-minute discussion explains the following points to participants:
Topic Setting 5-10 Minutes
Let participants know they will be writing their own spoken word poem on the topic of “work”. There are no other rules or guidelines; participants can write whatever they wish. Use your judgment if you will allow explicit language.
To assist participant writing share the following tips for writing good spoken word poetry.
First Draft 20 minutes
Participants should spend about 15-20 minutes working on their first draft. Host may play some instrumental music as background.
Pair & Share 10-15 minutes
Participants pair up and listen to each other’s spoken word poem. Instruct participants to share to each other a “Rose”( something they liked from the poem) and a “Thorn” ( something they would suggest changing, add to or remove). Host should ensure to remind participants about the topic of “Work”. Participants spend another 15-20 minutes polishing their poem.
Presentations 30+ minutes depending on the size of the group
Participants take turns in performing their spoken word poem. As a group give at least one “Rose” feedback to each performer.
Mixed age groups.
How does each participant understand the topic of ‘work’. Does age affect how we contextualize ‘work’?