Fourth grade Explore! Community School students recently held their own Poetry Slam that was featured on Nashville’s own Channel 5 News. What is a Poetry Slam, you might ask? “Slam Poetry” is a form of live poetry that combines the elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation. Events featuring Slam Poetry can also be called a “Poetry Slam,” or simply a “Slam.” Typically, these Slams involve some sort of competition, but in this instance, these 4th-graders were encouraged to overcome their fears of performing onstage and expose their thoughts through creative expression.
Located in East Nashville, Explore! Community School provides a challenging education in a joyful and supportive environment. Their mission is to foster the independence, critical thinking, and creativity of a diverse community of learners so they are fully prepared to become confident, responsible leaders who change the world. What better way to mold students to do so, than through the prism provided with this Southern Word program?
This Poetry Slam allowed Explore! 4th-graders to grow together through curiosity, reflection and collaboration. To make this marvelous occasion even more momentous, News Channel 5 was on hand to capture their talents in action. Have a look at the video below.