Take a wild ride with poet Sara Holbrook as she guides young writers in performing their poetry with style and pizzazz. With enthusiasm and a touch of irreverence, Ms. Holbrook, a performance poet herself, explains how to use voice, rhythm, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry in a group, duo, or solo. More than thirty poems are included for young readers to practice, as well as instructions for putting on a poetry jam at school or in the community.
About the Author
Sara Holbrook is the author of Nothing's the End of the World, The Dog Ate My Homework, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult, Am I Naturally This Crazy?, Which Way to the Dragon!, and Walking on the Boundaries of Change, all published by Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. She lives in Mentor, Ohio.
Table of Contents
|Twist and Shout--Get Your Poetry Out|
|Toot Your Own Horn||11|
|Call and Response--a Class Act||12|
|Playing Catch with Words||14|
|You've Got Rhythm||15|
|Up and at 'Em||17|
|Voice Your Attitude||20|
|You Are Entitled to Your Point of View||22|
|Set Poetry in Motion||24|
|Two's Good Company, but a Crowd Is Loud||26|
|Developing a Split Personality||32|
|Two Characters in One||35|
|Get Ready to Wham|
|A Word (or Two) About Contests||37|
|Ready, Set, Perform|
|Creating Poems for Multiple Voices||42|
|Merging Unlike Poems||45|
|The Final Act||54|
|A Note to Poetry Jam Coordinators||55|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In the past, poetry program books seem to lack the ¿coolness¿ to attract and keep the attention of kids. How can poetry be hip? Sara Holbrook takes her love of poetry and demonstrates how to use rhythm, movement, voice, attitude, movement, and other techniques to perform poetry alone or with a group. Her thirty or so inclusive poems range from silly to serious and give examples and instruction on how to put on a poetry jam. Though illustrations are not included in the programming book, it uses high-energy colors and multi-colored blocks to demonstrate the author¿s upbeat tempo of the book. A useful resource for educators trying to reach kids ages 7-11. It would have been helpful to include tips to attract an older audience such as middle school or high school kids. That age range is more difficult to keep interested in poetry. Additionally, a little more explanation or instruction would have been advantageous; however, a better than most poetry programming book. Recommended
Sara Holbrook¿s book, ¿Wham! It¿s a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry¿ is a fun, silly new take on introducing poetry performance to the classroom. She provides suggestions and outlines for developing a poetry jam from beginning to end and includes dozens of poems students can utilize to start to get used to the idea of performing different words in different ways until they¿re ready to start writing their own. She starts out with a few poems that encourage performers to get loud, get moving, and get over themselves. She recognizes that, at first, things may seem a little uncomfortable for students and so suggests that jammers begin with group poems, call and response, or trying to memorize a poem to make them feel more secure about performing it. Suggestions for conversations, questions, and exercises are provided in color boxes at the end of most poems. Some poems encourage performance to experiment with emotion contrast and different perspectives, lending excitement and versatility to the poetry jam. Towards the end of the book, Holbrook outlines the rules and regulations that will help create a successful performance and comes up with solutions to problems like, ¿What do you do when someone is talking too loud and hogging all the attention during a group poem?¿ and ¿What happens when someone goes over the time limit?¿ Holbrook is obviously very passionate about her work, but her language in the book can come across as childish and over-the-top (in her poems AND her professional voice) ¿ maybe that's what makes for a great poetry jammer. Recommended for professionals looking to create poetry lesson plans for ages 9-11.
The poetry book Wham I'ts a Poetry Jam has great childrens poetry. I belive that only children would like it because it is about what children think and do. I don't think that adults would like it becausethey don't understand what goes through childrens minds. I think that Sara Holbrook should not add so many paragraphs to her poems. They are just and excuse to make the book longer. In the poem Testing New waters I made a connection because I remeber times when I have had trouble deciding whether I should do something or not. In the poem The Dog ate My Homework, I made another connection because I have used that excuse before evven though I do not have a dog. The poem Angry made me think of all the times I have been and stonmped around, yelled, banged stuff, and threw stuff around the room, but the only person to blame was me. How do you think Sara Holbrook gets her ideas for her poems? Do you have any guesses how long it takes Sara to write a book? Do you think her two daughters inspire some of her poems? My guess is she is inspired by children not only her own. The average poetry book by Sara Holbrook takes two years to write, correct, and publish.