Posted August 11, 2023

Poetic license: local teachers delve into the creation of spoken word

Teachers from Martinsville and Henry County schools participated in professional development workshops Aug. 8-9 at Piedmont Arts.

Led by award-winning poet and spoken word artist Regie Cabico and Western Regional Vice President of the Poetry Society of Virginia Angela Dribben, the workshops focused on creating poetry and utilizing spoken word in the classroom.

Cabico’s workshop involved generating unique images and word play based on improvisation and movement exercises. This workshop included strategies to gets students writing and sharing their work, including elements of performance. Dribben’s workshop used methods of blackout and erasure to create poems from required reading materials. This workshop was designed to integrate reading with writing so students can find resonance in the source materials and get excited about vocabulary and comprehension. 

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