These are the corresponding slam poem videos and transcripts that go along with the Identity and Assumptions Slam Poetry Unit Plan.
***Important****: Please ALWAYS preview slam poetry videos before showing them to your students.
I strove to pick slam poems that were powerful and topical, but that meant that a couple had one or two moments where you many need to censor content, or a couple where the topic is extremely complex. I am not responsible for any inappropriate material shown to students, which is why it’s critical you preview the poems.
A couple tips for censoring poems yourself:
- Manually censor by muting and un-muting it as it’s playing for students (I’ve found this to attract the least attention from students).
- Pause it, skip ahead, and continue on.
- Choose an alternative poem from Day 11.
I tried to flag minute markers below to help in this process, but PLEASE, always preview in entirety before showing.
Click below to jump to that day’s slam poem and lesson materials:
“We’re just a little too caught up” Video:
“We’re just a little too caught up” transcript (click “View Transcript” below the video)
Louder than a Bomb Trailer:
“Times I’ve Been Mistaken for a Girl” Video
“Ebonics 101” Video-Flag: 2:10-2:14
Here are the transcripts again for convenience. You can find videos for this lesson above.
“We’re just a little too caught up” Transcript (click “View Transcript” below the video)
“The Madness Vase” Video:
Flag–teachers, take special caution to preview
“The Madness Vase” Transcript
Suggested Choice Poems:
“Every Time I Step Outside” Video:
“Lost Voices” Video:
“3 Ways to Speak English” Video:
Explaining Depression to my Mother
What Teachers Make
Flag: 2:54, 3:02
Please feel free to treat the comment section below as a forum for other teachers teaching this unit. Comment with additional slam poems and songs that students enjoyed, tips you have in teaching poetic devices with these slam poems, or questions you might have.
New Slam Poems to Teach, Sent Each Week
Each week I sift through and send out a new slam poem to check out--and would love to include you! Sign up here to receive the slam poem along with a list of discussion ideas and literary devices to teach with it. Oh, and maybe an occasional, blow-you-away, too-bad-it's-inappropriate-for-school poem, too, because we're allowed to indulge sometimes too, right?