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• The School Library System (SLS) Cooperative Collection Development Plan is developed as part of the resource sharing component of the plan of service.

About this collection

This is a collection of poetry begging to be read aloud and performed. It is a collection of fun to read, free style, spit & performed poetry. There are some guides to help you become a spoken word poet.

The collection spans the grades and is for reading aloud, performing, and most importantly, for inspiring all the spoken word poets among us. 


How to use this collection

This Spoken Word & Poetry collection lives on SORA, a national ebook and audiobook platform that combines the collections of NYC Department of Education, like this one, with the collections of your local library branches. You can load up different library collection and access them from one app!

LOG IN with your NYCDOE email username/password. If you are a teacher, you know them already, but if you are a student, you can find them here w/ your OSIS #.

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Research questions

Why is poetry written to be spoken, to be spit?

What effect does a live performance of spoken word poetry have on the audience?

How can I become a spoken word poet? 


Sara Lissa Paulson is the librarian at City-As-School High School. She is one of the creative writing and songwriting teachers at her school and founder/editor of the CAS literary zine "No Earth without Art," published 2015-2020, and has been hosting open mics and reading poetry aloud for decades in school libraries.

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