WHEN YOU'RE DONE
LEVEL 2: PUT YOUR PEN TO PAPER

To Complete this Challenge Level:

Write your own Spoken Word piece.  Use the ideas, words, and images you collected or wrote to get started.

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FIRST

Choose a topic that you want to explore

You could a word from your scavenger hunt, or a few words from your 6-word poem you just wrote.  Or think about this question: What matters to you?

Put your poem down for a while

Sometimes it helps to step away from your poem and think about something else for while.   When you come back to it, you will see it with fresh eyes.   

Do some free-writing

Find a starting point for your poem

Choose a style and a form for your poem

Read aloud and make some revisions

THEN
THEN

Play around with the order of your words and phrases

ONCE YOU HAVE A  DRAFT

You don't have to start writing your spoken word piece from the beginning.  You can start with a phrase and or line that you want to repeat, an idea that jumps out at you.  You can begin writing the ending first, or the beginning, or the middle.

Think about what you want the style of your poem to be.  Do you want it to rhyme or have a certain rhythm?  Will it be free verse or have a specific structure like a haiku?  Generally, spoken word pieces are written in free verse, so they flow when you speak.  But you can be as creative as you like.

If you want to use a specific structures, here are some templates you can follow.

  To figure out your starting point  

  1. Do a brain dump. Get a sheet of paper and write down everything that comes to mind when you think of your topic. (Don't worry about writing sentences just yet.  Collect all the ideas, words, and phrases you can think of.)

  2. Circle the idea that stands out to you the most.  That is a great place to start.

Do some free writing on the topic that you chose.  Free writing means writing down your thoughts as they come to you.  Don't think too hard, just write whatever comes out.  Now is not the time to worry about grammar or sentence structure.  Get your ideas down on paper.

NEXT

  Don't forget to add a few poetic devices  

  1. Similes and Metaphors

  2. Alliteration

  3. Rhyme

  4. Rhythm

  5. Onomatopoeia

  6. Refrain

  7. Imagery

Spoken Word is poetry read aloud.  It is important that you read your poem out loud, so that you can make sure it sounds the way you want it to.  As you read, you may discover there are things you want to tweak and change.

Upload the text of your Spoken Word piece poem to Google Classroom

and click on Mark as Done

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Fiddle with it, move it around, rearrange, switch parts and see if they work better in a different order