46 Spoken Word Poetry

Lynn Meade


There are so many helpful videos and activities that I want to share with you so I decided to create this overflow section.  Whether you are a student wanting to know more, a business person looking for insights, or a teacher looking for classroom ideas, these extra activities and resources are here for you.


This is a bonus section on spoken word poetry.  What follows are examples of some powerful poems that can be used as talking points or illustrations.


Koyczan, S. (2013). To this day…for the bullied and beautiful. https://www.ted.com/talks/shane_koyczan_to_this_day_for_the_bullied_and_beautiful?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare Standard YouTube License


She defines spoken word poetry at the end of her talk.

Kay, S. (2011). If I should have a daughter.
https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter  Standard YouTube License

Project V.O.I.C.E. https://www.projectvoice.co/


Mali, T. (2009). Taylor Mali Poem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEBZkWkkdZA Standard YouTube License

Mali, T. (2005). What teachers make. https://www.ted.com/talks/taylor_mali_what_teachers_make Standard YouTube License


McNish, H. (2013). Embarrassed-Spoken Word by @holliepoetry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiS8q_fifa0 Standard YouTube License

Emi Mahmoud used poetry to bring awareness to the plight of her people. I share both her award-winning poem and her subsequent Ted talk.

Mahmoud, E. (2016). People like us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3EzX53jwrM Standard YouTube License

Mahmoud, E. (2016). A young poet tells the story of Darfur. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3EzX53jwrM



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