Poetry as Activism
In this professional learning program, teachers will be introduced to the art and techniques of activist poetry. Participants experience a process that takes them from exploring a social issue they care about, to writing and performing a creative work inspired by that issue. Writing techniques, literary devices and historical events, will illuminate opportunities for teachers to connect to their own lived experiences and passion. This creative process can be used by teachers to help them better understanding the social issues impacting their students. SEL core competencies of perspective taking, empathy, respecting diversity, understanding societal norms and recognizing community supports will be central to the creative process, while also laying foundations for responsible decision making and relationship skills.
In-Person or Virtual
- Arts Specialists
- experience the work of activist poets.
- engage with different writing techniques and literary devices.
- Make connections to historical events.
- create and assess original poetry.
- reflect and provide meaningful feedback,
- discuss the identified social issues and artistic merit of activist poetry
- lead others in identifying writing techniques or literary devices used in each poem.
- NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating; Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
- Artistic Process; Responding;
- Anchor Standard 7: Perceiving and Analyzing Products
- Artistic Process: Connecting;
- Anchor Standard 11: Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
- Social Emotional Learning
- Cultural Responsive Practice
Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
- Standard 3: Equity & Culture
- Standard 4: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Price & Info
Workshop Cost per Day: $375 (90 minute session) $600 (3 hour session)
Travel Fee: $75 per day (virtual and on-demand programs are not charged for travel)
Program Length: up to 3 hrs
Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1
Appropriate For Grade(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
SEL: Social Emotional Learning