18 Word! (1)

British Columbia
British Columbia
United States
Chris Gilpin
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage
$17 / $9.50

Prepare for the best kind of Festival experience: a room buzzing with artist-generated energy and inspired young minds. New York City-born Roberto Ascalon, who teaches young people in Seattle now, ties together different cultures and communities by performing poetry about everything from racism and first kisses to family and Spam. Arts educator, performance artist, choreographer and ukulele enthusiast, Emilee Nimetz has toured her poetry across the country. She’s Vancouver’s 2014 Individual Poetry Slam Champion and a finalist in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015. Aaron Simm is known for his sharp tongue, clever wordplay and satirical wit. He’s Victoria’s Individual Slam Champion. You’re going to have earworms after he leaves the stage this morning.

Although this event is sold out, some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language arts + drama and theatre stage craft


Ask students to identify one theme that they feel is relevant in their life and create their own poem. The class will put all their poems together to create an anthology of poems that will represent the voice of their collective class. Students will have the opportunity to read their poems during a class Poetry Slam.

  1. Brainstorm themes that students believe apply to their lives.
  2. Create a “Theme Web.”
  3. Conduct a writing workshop in class where students will begin writing their poems. They will complete their poems for homework.
  4. Organize a Poetry Slam for students who want to share their poems.
  5. Collaborate with all the students to put the poems into an anthology.