Atlanta Youth Poetry Slam™

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Rep Your School
Identity in the “isms”
Poetry Slam

Registration for Identity in the "isms” Poetry Slam is open. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are encouraged to participate in this creative writing event.

Middle school is the perfect time to introduce Students to poetry. The principal reason spoken word poetry is a big hit with our youth is because it gives them permission to explore a topic they find captivating and express it using their own thoughts and feelings. 

The Pamela D. Franklin Cultural Center for the Performing Arts and its sponsor, the Johnny C. Irwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, is proud to bring you this celebration of verbal expression, creative writing, and confidence in performing.

Poetry In Middle School

Benefits for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Students

  • Poetry engages a Students imagination and motivates them to expand their own oral and written vocabularies;
  • Reading and writing poetry strengthens awareness of the ways in which language can be used and the rhythms, images and meanings that can be created;
  • Poetry encourages Students to view the complexities of the world in new ways and to develop empathy and understanding for other points of view;
  • Poetry promotes connections between Students, encouraging them to share ideas and teaching them how to live in harmony with those who may think or interpret differently.

POETRY SLAM AUDITION
REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES ...

• Registration deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm. There is NO FEE to participate.

• This event is open to middle school Students currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades.

• This is a friendly competition where creative writing will be judged.

• Participants will choose and research an "ism" or "ism(s)" from the list below to write an original poem.

• Participants will record themselves reciting their original poem to submit as an audition video.

• The audition video will be uploaded as part of the online registration.

• Both Participant and a Parent/Guardian must be present when completing the online registration.

• Information Session details will be forwarded once a complete registration has been received.



What is an "ism"?

ism: /ˈizəm/

A prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a particular attribute, attitude, or belief concerning a particular class or group of people.

#1

Ageism 

Prejudice or discrimination against persons of an older age group 

#2

Ableism 

Prejudice or discrimination against alter-abled or “disabled” people 

#3

Bullyism

Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children

#4

Classism

Prejudice and discrimination based on social or economic class 

#5

Colorism

Prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on favoring lighter
skin color (different from racism) 

#6

Lookism

Prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s physical appearance, often based on the media’s presentation and definition of beauty

#7

Racism 

Prejudice or discrimination based on race; the idea that whiteness is superior and therefore
has the right to dominate another race or races (different from colorism)

#8

Sexism

Prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination against women on the basis of gender 

#9

Sizeism

Prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s size 

#10

Terrorism

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes 

Key Dates and Times

10

FEB

11:59pm

Audition Deadline 

Audition videos must be received on or before Sunday, January 31st, 11:59 pm.

13

FEB

11:59 pm

Virtual Poetry Course + Information Session
Learn more about the Identity in the "isms" Poetry Slam

19

FEB

Noon

Callboard Announcements

Advancements to the 
Slam will be posted for all to see at pdfculturalcenter.org.

27

FEB

2:00pm

Virtual Poetry Slam

The Slam will take place online. Be sure to tell your family and friends!

2019 POETRY SLAM PRESENTED BY THE PDFCCPA

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