Curriculum and Instruction|
DATE: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
TO: School Board Members
FROM: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent
SUBJECT / RECOMMENDATIONS
The first District High School Poetry Jam was held in April of 2005 at Blake High School with students from 12 high schools participating, and has increased each year with students from 21 high schools participating in the 2008 Jam. Students from 23 schools are expected to compete in the 2009 District Jam.
Students first attend a school level Poetry Jam, where a local poet performs Spoken Word Poetry and instructs students in writing original poetry. The students are then given time to compose their own poems. When the time for writing is complete, the students meet as a group and are given time to perform their poetry. Teachers and members of the community, such as public librarians, use a rubric to judge each poem. The poet, whose poem is judged to be the best, is selected to represent his or her school at the District Poetry Jam.
The District Poetry Jam provides students with an opportunity to perform for friends and family, as well as to compete against students from across the District. Each student performs his or her own poetry and is judged by a panel of local poets and teachers. The first, second, and third place winning poets are given individual trophies, and the school of the first place winner is awarded the Poetry Jam Cup, a traveling trophy, which is housed by the school for one year.
ANNUAL DISTRICT GOAL(S) AND CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTOR(S)
FINANCIAL IMPACT (Budgeted: Yes)
David Steele, General Director, Secondary Education
Christine Van Brunt, Supervisor, Library Media Services 6-12
Wynne A. Tye
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
Chief Business Officer
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