Today we showed up at Madison Middle School and led students through a quick, slam-bang poetry slam in an hour and a half, with a few minutes of training and examples, some writing and revising time, and mostly time for performing.
I wasn't sure how it would go, but it was part of "May Madness," on the second to last day of school, and they got into it, cheering and booing and having a great time. It rocked; it slammed.
Poems ranged from curses on family members to odes to shoes. The champion won with one poem on a peanut and another cursing someone for not sharing their pizza. For that performance, he got to raise the slam belt pictured here.