Tag Archives: spoken word

10 Tips for Teaching Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Poetry

Be yourself. If hip-hop isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Better to “keep it real” and be yourself. In other words, keep it authentic. Find connections to your students that are meaningful to you – but don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. If you love classic poetry, boom – spoken word […]

Educators: I’m teaching a workshop on #HipHopEd @ NYC location on 8/6

What you will learn: This will be a workshop and discussion that demonstrates some of the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word education. This might involve warm-up games from Theatre of the Oppressed, mini-lessons, studying of student artifacts, close-reading exercises with hip-hop lyrics, and creative writing prompts. Where: Spreadhouse Coffee 116 Suffolk St. (between Rivington and Delancey) New York, […]

Hip-Hop Education: An Interview with Dr. David Kirkland of NYU

As part of a series of interviews with scholars, teachers, and students about the intersections of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and urban education, we interviewed Dr. David Kirkland of New York University. Dr. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban […]

The Transcendental Gospel of Freddie Gray

When his spine snapped, Freddie Gray became kindling, became New England pond water. Without vertebrae intact, he was free to move beyond the confines of spine. The movement of his neck was one of inquiry, one of commas bent into question marks. Joining Thoreau, then, on Walden Pond, the only sound they both heard was […]

2/30 – The Last Straw (A List Poem)

2/30 – Prompt: Write a list poem (aka catalogue verse) where every line answers the question: What was the last straw?(from Rachel McKibbens WRITING EXERCISE #104) The last straw was my best friend sleeping with my girlfriend the old pipes and cobwebs on mom’s basement ceiling the photograph of dad I resembled too much the Xanax that […]