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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

Grades 7 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 90–minute sessions
Lesson Author

Danielle Berg

San Diego, California


International Literacy Association


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Christine B

April 25, 2012

I adapted this unit for my 7th grade classroom last year, and it was a hit! The examples were also well received in my diverse international school classroom. I plan to build upon the lessons yet again for the current 7th grade class. They are already looking forward to performing! Thank you!


Kira Bauleka

March 24, 2012

I'm creating a Unit Plan for my Middle Years English coursework and wanted to create a unit around spoken-word poetry with traditional forms. This unit plan has been the most useful in helping me shape my own unit as I'm focusing on identity and need to use other texts within the unit. I love the idea of creating an actual slam for assessing as well as authenticity with the competition style. Thank you!


Karen KT

July 23, 2011

I wanted to do a poetry slam last year with my 8th grade Language Arts class (never done one yet) but ran out of time due to (ugh) test prep. The poems you have posted here in your unit inspire me to USE THIS PLAN when next I get my own classroom. I am getting my master's degree right now but I LOVE THIS UNIT!! Thank you!! When I teach it, I will come back to comment again.



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