What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Poetry is an engaging multimedia site aimed at teens who want an outlet to express themselves with the written word. While kids are free to write about any subject they choose, site guidelines prevent hate speech and other inappropriate content. In order to join the site, teens must choose a username and submit an email address. On their profiles, teens have the option of sharing their first name and last initial, profile pic, and short bio. Teens can message each other within the site, but this feature can be disabled from account settings. In addition, teens can tag poems with location information.
What's it about?
POWER POETRY is an online platform for teens to write, share, and discuss poems. The site hosts online slams, where kids submit poems on specific topics and are judged by their peers. The bulk of Power Poetry pages are a well-organized, open forum for kids to write poems on any subject, and the site offers novel ways for them to contribute, including video \"poemisodes\" and audio. Kids can even text a short poem from their phones! Young people who want guidance can gather inspiration from idea prompts, or contact a Power Poetry Mentor directly.
Is it any good?
Power Poetry is a positive, diverse, energetic community that supports kids through the tough journey of adolescence (and life), encouraging them to use poetry as a tool for social change and personal growth. It's a well-rounded and supportive community, and kids should feel welcomed. Feedback from peers is almost always positive; the site also doesn't talk down to kids, letting them know that young voices need to be heard.
Teens will love the hip design, encouraging, up-to-date slam topics, and should enjoy finding their poetic voice, using words as weapons for change. The breadth of topics that poets address on the site will appeal to a wide range of teen interests, and there's also some great poems for them to read. But the quality of the poetry isn't the point at Power Poetry; it's about the experience of writing and sharing in a safe environment.
Families can talk about...
Families can experience poetry by reading poems aloud at home or finding a poetry reading at a local bookstore or library.
What makes a poem powerful? How do kids feel after they've written a poem?
How do poems create change? Can kids think of any poets or writers whose work has been controversial or helped change the world?
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: reading, storytelling, text analysis, writing |
Social Studies: cultural understanding
Arts: film, music, rhythm
|Skills:||Creativity: imagination, producing new content |
Self-Direction: personal growth, self-reflection
Emotional Development: identifying emotions, labeling feelings, perspective taking
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, honoring the community, respect for others