Writing in the Information Age: Slam Poetry Meets Blogging in the 21st Century


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This classroom demonstration explores the effect of real-world purpose and authentic audience on language use as students write and perform a poem for podcast. The workshop fosters an awareness of audience and the code-switching phenomenon to promote the academic and professional success of urban students in the information age.

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  • Writing in the Information Age: Slam Poetry Meets Blogging in the 21st Century

    1. 1. Writing in the Information Age: Slam Poetry Meets Podcasting in the 21st Century Julie M. Warner Julie . [email_address] Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia National Writing Project 2007 Urban Sites Network Conference April 20-21, 2007
    2. 2. What is slam poetry? <ul><li>Slam poetry refers to poetry that is written to be performed, usually in competition. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Podcasting: Defined <ul><li>A podcast is simply an audio file hosted online and made available for download. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be listened to on an MP3 player such as the Apple Ipod. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Podcasting Meets Slam <ul><li>Podcasting can be used to record and broadcast poetic performances for an audience outside classroom walls . </li></ul>
    5. 5. Theoretical Basis <ul><li>When students are given a real-world, specific purpose for writing and performance they &quot;develop a deeper sense of the rhetorical nature of language and learn to use written language effectively&quot; (Wyngaard, Gehrke 1996). Cohen and Riel assert: &quot;the development of functional writing environments to contextualize students' work can lead to improvements in the quality of students' classroom writing&quot;. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why podcast? <ul><li>A student's notion of audience composition shapes a piece of writing and performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering audience awareness supports the academic and professional success of urban students, many of whom code-switch without cognizance of the phenomenon. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Task 1 (10 minutes) <ul><li>1. Choose a poem from your packet to rewrite/translate. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Rewrite/translate a poem written in one vernacular or dialect into the vernacular you are assigned. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind that the final product is for podcast performance for your assigned audience. </li></ul><ul><li>How will this affect what you deliver? </li></ul>
    8. 9. Task 2: Quick and Dirty Intro to Podcasting <ul><li>Step 1-Record your presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials: Microphone and audio editing program such as Audacity (free for download at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Audio podcasts can usually be saved as .mp3 files; video as .mov (Quicktime). </li></ul>
    9. 10. Quick and Dirty Intro to Podcasting, Cont. <ul><li>Step 2: Decide where to host your podcast. For the purposes of this activity, this has been decided for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Today we will actually host on our blog. </li></ul><ul><li>A simple file transfer program lets you upload files to a server (such as our blog). The FTP system is built in to Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems, so no additional software is needed. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Task 3: Metacognitive Endpiece <ul><li>In your packet, reflect on the language you employed in your poetry translation. How did a mindfulness of audience affect what you delivered? </li></ul><ul><li>How did the podcast element affect your thinking and delivery? </li></ul>
    11. 12. Visit the blog! http://usnconference2007.blogspot.com Thank you! [email_address]