Word-slam was used with our high school urban students as instrument and method to elicit engagement with learning and develop agency through personal storytelling. The word-slam text (as it appears on YouTube and in hard-copy format as well) was chosen due to its being a personal story and an alternative, artistic and critical form of text that our students could relate to directly as the format and content were relevant to their lives and experiences. By using the text as a mentor text and studying the author’s craft together, students were able to write, rewrite and develop their own word-slam stories, carving out a space for themselves to be seen and heard.
Word-Slam, Urban Youth, High School, Engaged Learning, Personal Stories, Agency
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Ben-Yosef, E., & Pinhasi-Vittorio, L. (2016). Word-Slam Stories as Venues for Stimulating Learning and Developing Agency with Urban High School Students. The Qualitative Report, 21(3), 485-494. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2016.2241