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Introduction, Workshop 12: Poems On Stage: Exploring Poetry Out Loud

In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is the first of three workshops dedicated to planning the Poetry Slam, although reminders and plan suggestions for a possible fund-raiser were provided in previous workshops. Workshops 12 and 13 outline the planning process. Workshop 14 focuses on the actual performance. If your group desires planning workshops more than two weeks before the performance, adjust your schedule. You can hold Workshops 12 and 13 earlier in the semester and schedule one or two workshops between those and Workshop 14. You can also rearrange the workshops in this program or design your own workshop. See Workshop 13, Alternate Activity 1: Rainy Day Plan, for ideas that fit the latter model. However, do not start planning the Poetry Slam too early, because you want to give the group time to bond before working on the performance, and you do not want the group to lose enthusiasm because of overplanning.

Be prepared to spend additional time outside of the workshop, if needed, to ensure the success of the Poetry Slam. If needed seek additional help from youths' families, your religious educator, minister, or writers within the congregation.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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