On the last day of Term 3, 4/5F went to the local cafe, Phat Milk, to do our Poetry Slam. We had been preparing our poems for almost four weeks and we were really excited about sharing them. You may be wondering what a poetry slam is… a poetry slam is when you go to a public area to perform your poem dramatically to an audience.
We were able to pre-order some milkshakes for $3.50. We chose five chocolate milkshakes, nine caramel milkshakes, three strawberry milkshakes and four blue heavens. There were very sugary and very cold, but also delicious! The milkshakes were very refreshing and they helped calm down our nerves. We did this to keep us occupied while watching and listening to the poems.
After we got our milkshakes we started to share our poems. At first, there were a couple of people getting shy about performing their poem. Some people went up with a friend so they weren’t as shy, some people memorised their poems and we all did amazingly. Everyone used the PIPES strategy to help make their poems sound great (P stands for projection, I for inflection, P for pacing, E for eye contact, S for stance). But by the end everyone had had a go and we all got through it quickly and smoothly.
After a while, the photographer from the newspaper finally showed up. He took photos of the class and specific people to go with an article that will be published in the local paper, the Moonee Valley Leader.
At the end, everyone was proud that we all got through it and no one was nervous anymore. We all felt very special that our class got to do a poetry slam at a cafe. We also were feeling very accomplished with what we had been preparing for, for a couple of weeks and we all improved our public and performance speaking.
Watch our performances in this video, and please leave us a comment!