What is Slam Poetry?

Hard to believe that last week was my penultimate week working with Waters’ 6th graders! For our last session, students didn’t do any writing. Instead we learned about slam poetry (born right here in Chicago, Illinois :)) and watched videos by adult and youth poets alike. Everyone had an opportunity to play “judge” and score poems 1-10. This was great preparation for our final session on June 5th, where an open mic will be hosted for all the 6th graders.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.