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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 ...

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 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
  • What is slam poetry?
    • Slam poetry refers to poetry that is written to be performed, usually in competition.
  • Podcasting: Defined
    • A podcast is simply an audio file hosted online and made available for download.
    • Can be listened to on an MP3 player such as the Apple Ipod.
  • Podcasting Meets Slam
    • Podcasting can be used to record and broadcast poetic performances for an audience outside classroom walls .
  • Theoretical Basis
    • When students are given a real-world, specific purpose for writing and performance they "develop a deeper sense of the rhetorical nature of language and learn to use written language effectively" (Wyngaard, Gehrke 1996). Cohen and Riel assert: "the development of functional writing environments to contextualize students' work can lead to improvements in the quality of students' classroom writing".
  • Why podcast?
    • A student's notion of audience composition shapes a piece of writing and performance.
    • Fostering audience awareness supports the academic and professional success of urban students, many of whom code-switch without cognizance of the phenomenon.
  • Task 1 (10 minutes)
    • 1. Choose a poem from your packet to rewrite/translate.
    • 2. Rewrite/translate a poem written in one vernacular or dialect into the vernacular you are assigned.
    • Keep in mind that the final product is for podcast performance for your assigned audience.
    • How will this affect what you deliver?
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  • Task 2: Quick and Dirty Intro to Podcasting
    • Step 1-Record your presentation.
    • Materials: Microphone and audio editing program such as Audacity (free for download at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
    • Note: Audio podcasts can usually be saved as .mp3 files; video as .mov (Quicktime).
  • Quick and Dirty Intro to Podcasting, Cont.
    • Step 2: Decide where to host your podcast. For the purposes of this activity, this has been decided for you.
    • Today we will actually host on our blog.
    • 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.
  • Task 3: Metacognitive Endpiece
    • In your packet, reflect on the language you employed in your poetry translation. How did a mindfulness of audience affect what you delivered?
    • How did the podcast element affect your thinking and delivery?
  • Visit the blog! http://usnconference2007.blogspot.com Thank you! [email_address]