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WRaPParound - Writing, Reading and Performance Poetry

(Category: General JCSP)
WRaPParound—Writing, Reading and Performance Poetry
The funding provided will allow schools to engage a poet/rap artist for WRaPParound workshops with their students. Participating students in each school work with an established poet/rapper over a series of workshops during which they write, edit, recite and/or record their own work.
Set up in 2013, WRaPParound is a JCSP Library Project performance poetry initiative run in conjunction with Poetry Ireland. Each year participating schools have been invited to showcase their work at performance events in Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork.
This spoken-word poetry initiative introduces students to writing, reading and reciting poetry in a new way. Through being encouraged to craft poems on their own ideas and experiences, students find a new way into poetry.
Writing, listening to and creating spoken word poetry and rap songs gives students an understanding of the power of language. The ability to write their own poems, to stand up and perform their poems or to rap quickly and clearly contributes to the development of writing, oral language and listening skills.
Experience to date has demonstrated that participation in this spoken word poetry education initiative can strengthen students’ literacy skills, can engage reluctant writers and can develop the student voice and emotional literacy.