Ms. Vanderhorst’s 3rd period English / Language Arts class traveled to the IdeaLAB and Studio at the Downtown branch of the Denver Public Library on October 12, 2017. This class has been studying slam poetry and the comparison between slam performances and traditional written poetry. Students had been practicing reading slam or traditional poems of their choice independently out loud in order to build reading fluency and comprehension skills. Students also analyzed the meaning of their poems in order to understand the meter, mood, theme and rhythm of the piece. While at the Studio Space in the IDEALab, students used professional recording equipment to record their own voices reading/performing their poetry, and created a visual representation for their poem in the IDEALab creation center using Cricut Cutters and the DesignSpace software. After recording their poems, the studio instructor showed students how to use more advanced studio equipment, including how to mix their own beats and create their own recordings. Students were able to take their creations home and their recordings were uploaded to Ms. Vanderhorst’s Google Drive by the studio staff. This was a highly engaging experience for all students who attended and many reported that they soon plan to return to the IdeaLAB during drop – in hours!
For full information about how you can visit the IdeaLAB and to learn more about what this creative space has to offer, visit https://www.denverlibrary.org/idealab-central.