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