Making Breakthroughs: Using Spoken Word Poetry to Teach HistoryAn innovative new collaboration took place last spring connecting classrooms and teaching students literacy and performance skills through the study of history and spoken word poetry. “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a four-week program designed by Facing History and Ourselves, brought professional spoken word artists into Grade 11 classrooms as part of a unit of study that explores the history of genocide and issues of identity, tolerance, and community.
|Spoken word artist Matthew Jones, stage name Testament, speaking with Facing History students in Canada. Photo Credit: Nick Kozak|
|[caption id="attachment_2524" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Students at Riverdale Collegiate in Toronto with spoken word artist Lishai Peel. Photo credit Nick Kozak[/caption]|