Pointers from a professional poet

Poet, scholar and spoken word performer Amber Rose Johnson is on campus this week, working with seventh graders as they prepare to perform their own work at the Night of Words on June 15th.


How are you using body language? What's the most important word in your opening lines? How are you going to tell the audience which words are important? Can long can you stretch a single syllable? Where are you looking? And, always, what are you doing with your hands?


With her questions, prompts, praise and pantomime, Johnson is drawing out each student, loosening them up, and helping them center their words and ideas in preparation for the big night.

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