Spoken Word Poems

Written by: Amber Greenhill

Wednesday, March 9th, the Ninth Grade Campus’s only speech class started a new project. The second period class started spoken word poetry. Spoken word poetry is a style of poetry that tells a story within the words and motions. This style has to be performed with gestures, voice projection, and body language. Spoken word poetry uses simple poetic devices and words or images can be repeated for effect. 

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photo by: A. Greenhill                                                                                                      Hannah Hatcher expresses her poem by using  hand gestures.

Once understanding the concept of spoken word, the class began their research. Mrs. Green gave topics and the class would write spoken word poetry on that topic. The class found writing and expressing their inner thoughts of the topic simple, once they were told they had to perform in front of the class made this style a bit harder.

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photo by: A. Greenhill Vanessa Favela- Parra mimics the movements of a bird she is describing in her poem.

The students were anxious about performing, but had a fun experience. They were graded on : delivery, voice, listens to other presentations, development of topic, use of poetic devices, and mechanics.

Listed below are a few examples of the spoken word by students at the Ninth Grade Campus:

Spoken Word Poetry
Photo by: Haley Owens
Spoken Word Poetry
Photo by: Haley Owens
Spoken Word Poetry
Photo by: Haley Owens
Spoken Word Poetry
Photo by: Haley Owens
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