Stories to Yell: Using spoken word poetry in the literacy classroom

Celeste Faye Kirsh


This research project explored teaching and the use of spoken word poetry in the classroom in order to engage students in the literacy program. The methodology of this research consisted of interviews with three exemplary teachers who are currently teaching, or have taught, spoken word poetry in order to investigate best practices in this field. The key findings of this research suggest that teaching spoken word poetry highlights the importance of building a classroom community, the need for teachers to act as the “guide on the side”, and the potential for student empowerment.


Literacy; Poetry; Spoken Word Poetry; Slam Poetry; Language; writing; Empowering Students; Community; Teacher as Guide

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