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"3. Poetry can help students learn

Amanda Gorman made headlines in 2021 when, at 22, she became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Her success was an opportunity for educators to use spoken-word poetry to teach students.

Three educators – Kathleen M. Alley, associate professor of literacy at Mississippi State University; Mukoma Wa Ngugi, associate professor of literature in English at Cornell University; and Wendy R. Williams, assistant professor of English at Arizona State University – wrote on how teaching spoken-word poetry can benefit students.

Spoken-word poetry “holds the promise of helping young people to connect with ideas as well as providing a means to deepen comprehension and develop understanding and empathy, which can then be applied to real-world situations,” wrote Alley."

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