Step 1: Explore the genre of Slam Poetry. Most slam poets use alliteration, assonance, repetition, onomatopoeia and rhyme to establish rhythm in their spoken word. Review each of these terms with students and offer examples as needed. Revisit Gayle Danley’s poem about her notebook. How does Danley use these elements in her work?
Step 2: View the Ted-Ed Lesson “Become a Slam Poet in 5 Steps”. Provide a topic for students and allow them to go through each of the 5 steps to create their own poem.
Step 3: Review the elements of drama with students, and focus specifically on energy and action. How did Danley use these elements in her performance about the notebook?
Step 4: Students must consider energy and action elements and decide how they will use these in the performance of their own poem.