Spoken Word Poetry

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At the end of a poetry unit, students were asked to write and perform a spoken word poem. Afterwards, they were asked to reflect on their creative process.


This student chose ‘loyalty’ as a topic for his poem because he thinks it is an important virtue. He then made deliberate creative choices that he felt enhanced the ideas.

Student Work Sample

Student Reflection



I can get new ideas or reinterpret others' ideas in novel ways.

I get ideas that are new to my peers. My creative ideas are often a form of self-expression for me. I have deliberate strategies for quieting my conscious mind (e.g., walking away for a while, doing something relaxing, being deliberately playful), so that I can be more creative. I use my experiences with various steps and attempts to direct my future work.


I communicate confidently, using forms and strategies that show attention to my audience and purpose.

In discussions and conversations, I am focused and help to build and extend understanding. I am an engaged listener; I ask thought-provoking questions when appropriate and integrate new information. I can create a wide range of communications that feature powerful images and words, and I identify ways to change my communications to be effective for different audiences. I use my understanding of the role and impact of story to engage my audiences in making meaning. I acquire information about complex and specialized topics from various sources, synthesize it, and present it with thoughtful analysis.