- We began our day with poetic luminary* Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise."
- After reading, we reviewed this week's words/roots and the sentence of the week.
- We continued to explore various spoken word styles and structures, including the repetitious nature of Megan Falley's "Fat Girl" in which she (like Kevin Coval, who wrote "whiteboy") reclaims a phrase she is labeled as. Here's the video and transcript.
- We also examined Patricia's Smith's "What it's Like to be a Black Girl (For Those Who Aren't). She used repetition and the progression of a girl's loss of confidence in her own identity.
- We examined the origin of hip hop battles as similar to the days when the jester would cleverly make fun of the king. We read a battle between Bao Phi and Douglas Kearney called "Hip Hop Haiku" before practicing our own. Using a haiku within your spoken word piece can be a great way of incorporating slant rhymes.
- Haiku and hip-hop styles can also be effective in the "open letter" format, as in Luis Rodriguez' “to the police officer who refused to sit in the same room as my son...”
Bring in a draft of your spoken word piece for us to critique. This can be written in your notebook. It does not need to be typed out. It must be at least one minute in length.