SCETV's "Simile Slam"

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Attention all middle and high school English Language Arts teachers!! Do your students have poetry skills that “float like a butterfly” or “sting like a bee?”

In conjunction with the upcoming PBS documentary Muhammad Ali, SCETV invites you to enter to win a chance to host your very own “Simile Slam” (similar to a poetry slam but must include at least one simile) at your school or community venue. Send us an original poetry lesson plan with a sample of students’ work with a short video by October 1, 2021, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SCETV to film your “Simile Slam” in person.  Complete the form and refer to the rubric below for requirements and details. We hope that you can be, as Muhammad Ali said, “the king of the world!”

Lesson Plan Requirements

Successful lesson plans will include the following:

  • Screening at least 15 minutes of the Muhammad Ali documentary
  • Learning activity focuses on poetry or literary devices, specifically similes
  • Encompasses at least one of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles  (PDF).
  • Includes at least one example of a student-created original poem

Submit Lesson Plan

 

Part A: Total Possible Points – 3

 

 

Part B: Total Possible Points – 24

Submit a sample of student work from the submitted lesson plan in either written or video format. Also, a short three-minute mock simile slam to showcase student work.

 

Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles (PDF)

Relevant South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for English Language Arts

Grades 6 through 8 Writing Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Grades 6 through 8 Communication Standard 3: Communicate information through strategic use of multiple modalities, visual displays, and multimedia to enrich understanding when presenting ideas and information.

Grades 6 through 8 Communication Standard 5: Incorporate craft techniques to engage and impact audience and convey messages.

English 1 through 4 Writing Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

English 1 through 4 Communication Standard 1: Interact with others to explore ideas and concepts, communicate meaning, and develop logical interpretations through collaborative conversations; build upon the ideas of others to clearly express one’s own views while respecting diverse perspectives.

English 1 through 4 Communication Standard 3: Communicate information through strategic use of multiple modalities and multimedia to enrich understanding when presenting ideas and information.

English 1 through Communication Standard 5: Incorporate craft techniques to engage and impact audience and convey messages.

 

Corporate funding for MUHAMMAD ALI was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and by its members Alan and Marcia Docter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones; The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; The Brooke Brown Barzun Philanthropic Foundation, The Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and The Augusta Brown Holland Philanthropic Foundation; Perry and Donna Golkin; John and Leslie McQuown; John and Catherine Debs; Fred and Donna Seigel; Susan and John Wieland; Stuart and Joanna Brown; Diane and Hal Brierley; Fiddlehead Fund; Rocco and Debby Landesman; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Mauree Jane and Mark Perry; and Donna and Richard Strong. And by viewers like you.