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Wham! It's a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry

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Take a wild ride with poet Sara Holbrook as she guides young writers in performing their poetry with style and pizzazz. With enthusiasm and a touch of irreverence, Ms. Holbrook, a performance poet herself, explains how to use voice, rhythm, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry in a group, duo, or solo. More than thirty poems are included for young rea Take a wild ride with poet Sara Holbrook as she guides young writers in performing their poetry with style and pizzazz. With enthusiasm and a touch of irreverence, Ms. Holbrook, a performance poet herself, explains how to use voice, rhythm, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry in a group, duo, or solo. More than thirty poems are included for young readers to practice, as well as instructions for putting on a poetry jam at school or in the community.


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Take a wild ride with poet Sara Holbrook as she guides young writers in performing their poetry with style and pizzazz. With enthusiasm and a touch of irreverence, Ms. Holbrook, a performance poet herself, explains how to use voice, rhythm, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry in a group, duo, or solo. More than thirty poems are included for young rea Take a wild ride with poet Sara Holbrook as she guides young writers in performing their poetry with style and pizzazz. With enthusiasm and a touch of irreverence, Ms. Holbrook, a performance poet herself, explains how to use voice, rhythm, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry in a group, duo, or solo. More than thirty poems are included for young readers to practice, as well as instructions for putting on a poetry jam at school or in the community.

30 review for Wham! It's a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I will be using this book to lead my students to the stage!

  2. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    Wonderful book for school teachers or homeschlrrs or parents with kids! Lots of fun!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Travis Kesinger

    Personal Reaction- I think this book was very enjoyable. It is an interesting take on poetry and it will engage the reader in a way the average poetry book cannot. I think it offers a new and refreshing perspective on poetry to students and gives it a more youthful feel than they may be accustomed to. Purposes: Read aloud or interactive performance with 2nd or 3rd graders -enrichment and enjoyment due to the poems. All are unique and interesting -Each page presents the poems differently Curriculum: Personal Reaction- I think this book was very enjoyable. It is an interesting take on poetry and it will engage the reader in a way the average poetry book cannot. I think it offers a new and refreshing perspective on poetry to students and gives it a more youthful feel than they may be accustomed to. Purposes: Read aloud or interactive performance with 2nd or 3rd graders -enrichment and enjoyment due to the poems. All are unique and interesting -Each page presents the poems differently Curriculum: read aloud/group presentation style - Demonstrates an effective variety of styles and types of poetry. -Explains how to present poetry effectively and read with tone and style This book is an excellent choice for students who are just being introduced to the subject of poetry on a deeper level. It will introduce them to the idea of reading poetry aloud and the subtext within poems is clearly defined.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vsw

    Do not commit your poems to pages alone. Sing them, I pray you. --Virgil (qtd. Holbrook) I've only come to love poetry as an adult, primarily through attending poetry readings. (My school experience taught me about form and interpretation, but it never inspired me to read or write poetry on my own.) So when I began to teach poetry I didn't have many models to draw from. Luckily people who love poetry do write books for teachers! Wham! It's a Poetry Jam is a teacher's resource that provides an int Do not commit your poems to pages alone. Sing them, I pray you. --Virgil (qtd. Holbrook) I've only come to love poetry as an adult, primarily through attending poetry readings. (My school experience taught me about form and interpretation, but it never inspired me to read or write poetry on my own.) So when I began to teach poetry I didn't have many models to draw from. Luckily people who love poetry do write books for teachers! Wham! It's a Poetry Jam is a teacher's resource that provides an introduction to the oral, public performance of poetry. In a series of activities that build to an in-class poetry jam, Holbrook provides paired poems and exercises that invite teachers and students to play with their voices, bodies, and each other as they interpret poetry. I knew I would share this book with the class when I found myself acting out "May I be Excused?", by myself, in the middle of my the living room. :-)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna Frame

    Personal Reaction- I like this book a lot because there is more to it than the poems. All of the poems are entertaining and are enjoyable for all students. Children will love this one. Purposes: Read aloud to 3rd graders -enrichment and enjoyment due to the poems. All are unique and interesting -Each page presents the poems differently Curriculum: read aloud -shows how to read and write different types of poetry -explains how to recite poetry in a successful way This is a great book for beginners poetry Personal Reaction- I like this book a lot because there is more to it than the poems. All of the poems are entertaining and are enjoyable for all students. Children will love this one. Purposes: Read aloud to 3rd graders -enrichment and enjoyment due to the poems. All are unique and interesting -Each page presents the poems differently Curriculum: read aloud -shows how to read and write different types of poetry -explains how to recite poetry in a successful way This is a great book for beginners poetry because it has information on each page about the poems and also gives insight as to how they should be read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ann Marie Olson

    Grade level: 2nd-3rd grade I enjoyed this poetry book because it focuses on performance poetry. The author, Sara Holbrook is a poetry performer herself, so she has a ton of insight. I like this new take on poetry because it is more interactive and fun. I think I could definitely use this poetry book in my classroom during a poetry unit. We could do a project on performance poetry and each student could choose a poem to memorize from this book. This book could be really helpful because Holbrook ex Grade level: 2nd-3rd grade I enjoyed this poetry book because it focuses on performance poetry. The author, Sara Holbrook is a poetry performer herself, so she has a ton of insight. I like this new take on poetry because it is more interactive and fun. I think I could definitely use this poetry book in my classroom during a poetry unit. We could do a project on performance poetry and each student could choose a poem to memorize from this book. This book could be really helpful because Holbrook explains how to use voice, attitude, rhythm, and movement while performing a poem. She also includes tips and instructions on how to get a classroom or school community to put on a "poetry jam".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Srb

    This book is a great way to help students (and myself) feel more comfortable with perfoming poetry. I think I will use many of the activities in the book as warm-ups for students in learning how to perform/read aloud poetry. I think the colored box tips at the bottom of each page really clue into to teaching points for me. While I might not have time to use the book in its entirety with my class, I definitely will incorporate aspects of it. I am thinking maybe through Morning Meetings even as a This book is a great way to help students (and myself) feel more comfortable with perfoming poetry. I think I will use many of the activities in the book as warm-ups for students in learning how to perform/read aloud poetry. I think the colored box tips at the bottom of each page really clue into to teaching points for me. While I might not have time to use the book in its entirety with my class, I definitely will incorporate aspects of it. I am thinking maybe through Morning Meetings even as a way for students to feel comfortable getting started with poetry reading and performance. After students have had a chance to write their own poems, we will then share them in the same manner.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    If you were going to hold a poetry jam, this is a book for you. I've only seen them on t.v., so have never been in one myself. I like the idea of merging two unlike poems on page 45. What a cool idea! I wish we had an outlet for this at our school. Sometimes I don't feel brave enough to run something like that at 3rd grade.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Not as many creative prompts as I was hoping for...unclear descriptions of different poetry forms...disappointing

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    Magiri De

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    Jeni Ray

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    Mary

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    Zoey

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    Rayna Edwards

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    Erin

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    Mike Bertram

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    Kirsti Call

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Lavelle

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    Margaret Towery

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    Mary

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

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    Lisa

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    Jen Anderson

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    Cathy Falk

  25. 4 out of 5

    Damon Horak

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie Wasmund Hoffman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather Roberts

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    Jen V

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Unger

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