Youth poetry slam gives ‘poet-athletes’ a voice (via Milwaukee NNS)

About 150 Milwaukee Public School students competed at a recent poetry slam organized by America SCORES Milwaukee, an organization that combines poetry, soccer and service learning.

A panel of judges selected 17 students who will move on to the next round, where they will compete to perform at the organization’s national poetry slam in New York City next April. Students in third- through fifth-grade competed.

Judges gave students feedback after each performance by holding up signs with words of encouragement such as “awesome” or “fantastic” in bold colorful fonts. They also offered suggestions to help students improve their creative writing and performance techniques.

Winners were selected in the following categories: “I remember,” acrostic, alliteration, epistle, simile and metaphor, free verse, color poetry, “I wish,” recipe, conversation, “I am,” quatrain, rhyme time, “where I am from” and haiku.

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Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | America SCORES Milwaukee

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