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Friday, March 18, 2011

Using TED in the English classroom - two of my recent favourites!

Just wanted to share this! I think Sarah Kay's talk is a fabulous resource for students and teachers alike! A mixture of poetry performance and poetry writing seminar - it makes me want to run out and form a Spoken Word poetry club at my school. The second clip is Suheir Hammad's TED talk. I think the ways you could use these clips with students is pretty limitless. What are your TED talk favs??



Info from the TED website:

About this talk

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."

About Sarah Kay

A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States. Full bio and more links



Info from the TED website:

About this talk

Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."

About Suheir Hammad

In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice. Full bio and more links

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