Jason Lane
Elearning Pedagogy leader

Slam Poetry using Adobe Spark Video

Lesson Plan Published 8/2/16 Last updated on 5/8/19

In this creative activity, students use Adobe Spark Video to create a poetry slam presentation.

The following suggested activities will help structure and guide students' learning:

  • First, what is Slam Poetry? Slam Poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. Using Adobe Spark Video (formerly Voice) students have the ability to focus on a strong vocal performance enhanced with the use of visuals.
  • Students should be given stimulus material(s) and a period of time to develop their own, original poem for use in their Spark Video presentations. To assist students' learning, examples of poetic devices could be explored.
  • Storyboarding: Students should storyboard their poems to use their time more effectively when developing and refining their Spark Video presentation. A storyboarding template (PDF) is linked in this resource to assist students planning presentations following the workflow of Spark Video (i.e. text, photo, icon, voice).
  • Using Spark Video: to assist students creating new Adobe accounts and getting started using Spark Video, a short YouTube video is linked in this resource. This resource follows the simple sign-on using Google App for Education accounts that many schools use.

These resources can be adapted and modified to suit any digital storytelling project.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

Age Levels
1-2 Hours

  1. iPad or laptop with internet connection.
  2. Drafting, word processing and/or paper-based materials.
  3. Photocopies of the linked storyboarding templates will assist students develop ideas for their Spark Video presentations.

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Timothy Cosgrove

Posted on 8/31/16 1:33:20 AM Permalink

I have never considered using Adobe Spark as a means to bringing to life a poetry unit. I can't wait to use it later in the year with my Grade 6 class.

Kathleen Dunne

Posted on 8/17/16 10:07:18 PM Permalink

This is an amazing idea! I love! Can't wait until a poetry unit comes around again to try it out.