Slam Poetry: Power Through Performance (2 of 5)

Lesson Title: Slam Poetry: Power Through Performance (2 of 5)
Academic Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.D
Content Creator: Mr. Michael Dzbenski
Level: High School
Duration: 25-35 min
  /  Slam Poetry: Power Through Performance (2 of 5)


  • Students will identify several poetic devices.
  • Students will plan how to apply poetic devices to their own writing.
  • Students will describe why they liked certain phrases of a slam poem.
  • Students will explain how they will apply similar techniques to their own writing.


In this lesson, students will continue working on their slam poem and use different poetic devices. They will also discuss the ties of poetry to song lyrics/rap.


  1. Review Class Objectives
  2. Quick Question: Who has watched a pro athlete, video gamer, musician, or other professional "work" at something in order to get better? How do you analyze their work to make yours better?
  3. "I Wanna Hear a Poem"
  4. Cool poetic devices you may encounter
    1. Personification
    2. Simile
    3. Repetition
    4. End Rhyme
    5. Near Rhymes
    6. Pun
    7. Alliteration
  5. Transcript Analysis
    1. Phrases they liked/Stood out
    2. Poetic Devices you heard
  6. Eminem
    1. Analysis of Rap Lyrics/Song Lyrics
  7. Work time
  8. Share your strongest/weakest line
    1. Poetic Device?
    2. Rhythm and Emphasis

Demonstratives & Media

Classroom Space
Student Lounge
Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

i.      Personification: when you give an object/animal human-like qualities or

ii.      Simile: comparing two things with like or as

 iii.      Repetition: when poet repeats a word or phrase

iv.      End Rhyme: when the end of two words sound the same

v.      Near Rhyme: when the INSIDE of two words sound the same

vi.      Pun: Multiple meanings for the same word(s)

vii.   Alliteration: when the BEGINNING of two words sounds the same


360 Video - (This one is heavy for younger audiences)
A Slam Poem to Bacon -
I Wanna Hear a Poem -
Eminem -