Zee and Maddox

New Eyes and the Traveler By Zee Always a goofball. Always seven years older than me. And he always treated me as equal. My brother had a way with dramatic humor and pungent exaggeration, and he said the most random things out of the blue that made you frown in confusion and at the same…

Rain Can Be Anything: Kindergarten Poetry Lesson

In Linda Morel’s lesson, students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations by realizing that poetry about rain doesn’t have to be confined to drops that fall from the sky. The goal is to encourage students to broaden their perspective. Early childhood students are often very literal. In this lesson, students are encouraged to see outside…

50th Stories: Grace & Luis

By Nancy Larson Shapiro Teachers & Writers Collaborative will turn 50 years old in fall 2017. To celebrate this milestone, we asked people who have been part of T&W’s work over the last five decades to tell their stories. Nancy Larson Shapiro, long-time T&W staff director and now chair of the T&W Board of Directors,…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of IS 392

This residency was made possible by Leonore Gordon PD Arts and Wellness on the Go Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation On my first day at IS 392, I began by asking students what a poem is. There’s more to poetry, we discovered, than just a collection of lines. This anthology holds the past, present, and future of…

50th Stories: Finding Community

By Jenny D. Williams Teachers & Writers Collaborative will turn 50 years old in fall 2017. To celebrate this milestone, we asked people who have been part of T&W’s work over the last five decades to tell their stories. Author Jenny Williams remembers being a T&W Fellow alongside poet Christina Olivares.   We’d been staying…

The Poetic Rant

We all need a good rant now and again–why not use it in the classroom? In Linda Morel’s lesson plan, students pick something they strongly oppose and write a rant expounding on what is wrong with it.

Jazz Poems

Jazz Poems Written in response to listening to “Milestone” by Miles Davis   by Ashley (4th grade) Penguins bopping up and down quacking like crazy because they can’t stop Bright orange floating all around Full of color, full of life Summer coming, full of fun Life, life, life, it’s all quite crazy People soar… on…

Dear Mr. Doctorow

2017 Runner-up of the Bechtel Prize By Eileen Sutton Author Garth Greenwell selected Eileen Sutton’s “Dear Mr. Doctorow” as the runner-up for the 2017 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the Bechtel Prize to the author of an exemplary essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination. Greenwell said, “This…

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