Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Exploring Our Values Through Poetry: A Program for High School Youth

Taking It Home: Planning A Poetry Slam

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery


We continued planning for the Poetry Slam.

What I need to do before our next meeting is ____________________________.

What I need to bring to our next meeting is _____________________________.


Is your role in the Poetry Slam one that both enables you to use the talents you have and challenges you to grow in a new way?


  • Do not forget to include your family in your plans for the Poetry Slam. Ask for their help if you need it. Family and friends can help by listening to you read aloud. They can donate food if refreshments are part of the plan. Most of all, they can be a supportive audience. Make sure the Poetry Slam is on your family calendar.
  • Does your family say grace before meals? If so, consider using poems for the grace. Family members can take turns choosing poems to share. If you have young children in your family who are not yet readers, spend time reading poems to them and help them learn a short one to recite as grace.
  • Wordplay, like writing poetry, can provide creative enjoyment. Invite your family to try playing with magnetic words. Magnetic Poetry is a website that sells magnets of words or phrases that you can randomly place on your refrigerator, metal filing cabinet, or any other metal surface. You can create your own magnets by laminating words on paper and gluing them to pieces of magnetic strips sold at craft stores. When the mood strikes you, arrange the magnets into poems. You can leave messages on your friends' lockers at school, but nothing too personal! You can also use the magnets to leave messages for family members. Combine the need for a message with a desire to create art:

A poet deep within my soul,

To write, the chance I seize.

If going to the market

Be sure to pick up cheese.