Once students learn the mechanics of spoken word poetry and watch examples, have them put what they've learned into practice by writing their own spoken word poems. Organize a Poetry Slam where students can share their work.
ReadWriteThink has put together a lesson plan on spoken word poetry, but what sets this lesson apart is it has students writing and performing a bilingual spoken word poem to help students break down the potential language barriers that separate them.
Video Director Amy Erin Borovoy focused on spoken word poetry for National Poetry Month. This article compiles all the videos she thinks best convey the power of spoken word. She also includes a list of resources for using spoken word in the classroom.
"Teaching Slam Poetry" is intended for middle school students, grades six to eight, and teaches them everything from format to writing their own "ode." Also included is a link to books on spoken word poetry.