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Spoken Word Poetry and Out-of-School Learning

Spoken word poetry is a hybrid art form that blends the composition and performance of the written word, incorporating the traditions of standard poetry forms and modern hip-hop culture. Spoken word poetry is a popular art form among many teens, primarily in urban areas, who use writing and performance as avenues for self-expression with a focus on personal and cultural identities. Teens often work in teams, sponsored by high schools and community arts organizations, to compete against one another in individual and group competitions.

Over the past two decades, the United States has seen a groundswell of spoken word advocacy, activism, and education in traditional educational spaces and in out-of-school settings. Spoken word poetry can connect and support young people and open new possibilities in ...

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