Since 2008, SPARC Poetry has been teaching students to both write and perform. SPARC Poetry is a program designed to teach kids creative writing styles alongside stage performance techniques. Mike Taylor teaches slam poetry classes, and runs a number of after school slam clubs at five of the elementary and middle schools in Pacifica, California. Although public speaking is Americans’ biggest fear, it is best conquered at an early age. SPARC’s main focus is to get kids comfortable on stage with their own writing.
Frequently Asked Questions
SPARC Poetry's program is designed to get kids comfortable with public speaking, become proficient in writing, and active in critically thinking about the world they live in. While everyone is not a poet, the basics of spoken word is a building block for success.
1. Writing - The Unavoidable Art
SPARC offers a variety of lessons that reinforce many of the English literary devices, as well as introduce public speaking as a vital skill.
2. Public Speaking - Conquering America's Greatest Fear
Public speaking is one of the top fears American adults have. Students in elementary schools are at the perfect age to practice and learn how to be fearless in front of audiences of all sizes. These skills will stay with them throughout life.
3. Social Awareness - Developing Opinions About the World
Kids learn most while they are having fun. SPARC clubs and lessons are always engaging. They get students critically thinking about the world they live in and discussing ideas to better it.