SLAMJAM 2015 LAUNCH
The launch of the 2015 SlamJam took place on Thursday September 25th at Lincoln Christs Hospital School.
This will be the sixth year that SlamJam has been run in Lincolnshire. SlamJam has proved to be a great way to get students confident in writing and public performance.
Heats will be held in schools throughout Lincolnshire culminating with the finals held in the Drill Hall in Lincoln on June 25th next year.
Teachers from schools throughout the county are being invited to hear about the competition from people who have had first-hand experience of the ways in which it can enhance their curriculum. They will be able to pick up some teaching resources as well as exchange ideas with colleagues and be able to see how SlamJam can be good for their students.
SlamJam is a performance based writing competition for secondary school students. Choosing to write a poem, a story or a dramatic monologue, students consider the effect they want to have on an audience, and craft their writing accordingly. Then, with feedback from their peers, they rehearse their performance until it has the desired effect.
There are few rules: performances must last no more than 3 minutes; and no costumes or props are allowed. It is all about the quality of the writing, and of the performance. The process is ultimately competitive, but the journey is about the enjoyment of creative writing, and sharing it with an audience. It builds confidence - and its fun!
Advisor Jan Kemp says With new sponsors and new ambitions, this spoken word competition is open to all secondary students. It is a powerful way of introducing them to a variety of written genres, as well as giving them the unforgettable experience of performing their own work to a real audience.
SlamJam is supported by CfBT which provides the schools improvement service for Lincolnshire
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