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Grants in Action: Gibbons Poetry Slam

posted Apr 9, 2014, 10:56 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 10:57 AM ]
On March 28 Gibbons Middle School hosted their sixth annual Gibbons Poetry Slam in the  Gibbon’s Library for the eighth grade teams as an opening to the eighth grade Poetry Unit. Four  poets from the New England area presented a very unique, dynamic and diverse style of poetry. 

They each performed two of their original poems and competed against each other in a fun  and upbeat style. The poets presented a range of poems from heartfelt poems, comic routines, to personal memoir pieces. The classes were able to hear several different voices, judge a  competition, and root for their favorites! The students thoroughly enjoyed the poetry slam and  some of their comments were: “fantabulous, beautiful, slambuctious, and awesome.” “It was very moving and touching.” These rave reviews are only a sampling of the audience’s reaction to the performance. Alex Charalambides, the host of the slam, expressed his excitement for the Gibbon’s Poetry Unit which has now become the foundation for the Poetry Club and Performance Poetry Group at Westborough High School. Alex was in all the eighth grade classes the week following the Poetry Slam teaching poetry writing. Alex introduced the components of Performance Poetry, talked about what inspires him, and followed up by conferencing on their writings. He also met with small groups of students to critique and offer advice on students’ poems during all period seven classes throughout the week in the library. 

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Todd Sullivan,
Apr 9, 2014, 10:56 AM
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Todd Sullivan,
Apr 9, 2014, 10:56 AM
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Todd Sullivan,
Apr 9, 2014, 10:56 AM
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