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Remote Poetry Curriculum For Teachers

Want easy-to-complete poetry lessons in your remote class? 4th - 8th grade lessons areavailable now!

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Screen Slam Submissions Open

Write a poem, film it, and send it in!

This is a competition open to 4th - 12th grade students Send Poems

Submit a poem between now and Dec 13th +   More info & Rules +

Updated: 6 days ago

Hey Creative Fam


We are launching our second Screen Slam Poetry Film Competition

This creative “stage” combines poetry and video skills.

How to enter:

Record, edit (optional), and post yourself saying an original poem on YouTube. Send in the link at BayAreaCreative.org or by email to sparcpoetry@gmail.com subject: Screen Slam

Prizes are awarded for entrees voted “best” filmed video, "best" written poem, and "most impacting" content.

If you have no experience editing videos, we still encourage you to submit a simple video of you saying your poem. This is still a poetry slam. YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL.

Ages: 4th - 12th grade (prizes awarded in different age groups)

Submissions Open Now - December 13th at 11:59pm

Submission view party and awards will be announced Thursday Dec 17th 6pm-7pm

Guidelines: Videos should be filmed in landscape orientation, and will be performed/shown to all ages audiences.

Length: Anywhere from 45 seconds to 3 min. No copyright protected music can be used (but if you find copyright free music that is fine!

Here are two of last spring’s winners!





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Mike Taylor

Director of SPARC Poetry

408 931 1042

www.SPARCPoetry.org

Updated: Aug 27

What about this society would you like to change? What about our collective past is not paid enough attention to?  What parts of our country's foundation do you think more people should be aware of? If you are interested in answering these questions while working with a local professional spoken word poet and a group of students of all ages - then The Foundations Project is for you!  Spanning from Aug to Dec we will be leading weekly remote writing workshops where participants look into parts of our shared past that need more attention and write poems about what our society would look like if we were all more aware of these important stories. We then will connect participants to activist projects in the Bay Area that are working towards causes written about in poems in order to get the writing out into the world and connect each other to important work for causes we believe in. The project begins with the Foundations Slam, and culminates with the Battle of the Ages poetry slam held in December.


Foundations Project Workshops

Workshop Times: Thursday 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Zoom Link

Updated: Aug 6

Everything has a foundation that sets the ground for what is to come. This country was founded in 1776 on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with no women, black people, LGBTQ people, or non-property owners at the table to give input.


This slam is about addressing the history of our country from founding to today, and to recognize how the past affects current issues. This slam is also about building a new foundation for future years to come, and how we want to (re)shape our nation.


Rules:

  • This online slam is multi-generational (ages 9 - adult).

  • Write a poem and share it live during the event, or upload it to YouTube to share it during the event.

  • Uploaded poems may use cuts, but can have no editing effects, no b-roll, no music, and no props.

  • 3 min time limit (10 sec grace period)

Register

Watch link (to come)

Participant Link (to come)



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