Dallas Poetry Slam inspires students at Stockard Middle School


Students’ definition of poetry quickly went from “confusing and “difficult” to “exciting and inspiring” when Dallas Poetry Slam recently visited L.V. Stockard Middle School.

Dallas Poetry Slam facilitated a poetry workshop for all eighth-grade students at the school as part of their poetry unit. Two Dallas Poetry Slam facilatators engaged the students with their presentation of autobiographical poetry.

Students were given the opportunity to write and share their own “Where I’m From” poems. Eighth-grade teacher Kelissa Terrell spoke highly of the workshop.

“Students were able to use sensory language in order to create vivid imagery in their poems,” Terrell said.

The eighth-grade English team is planning a Poetry Slam later this month to provide all students a platform to share their poetry. Because of the students’ enthusiasm and participation, Dallas Poetry Slam has planned to return to L.V. Stockard to attend the Poetry Slam.

“We are hopeful this will help students to find a long-lasting love of poetry and self-expression,” Terrell said.

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