Poetic Mysteries: A Thread of Hope

Staring With Hope By Nusiba (6th grade) Staring up at the sky With hope Wanting a sign Waiting for a drop of water Not knowing what’s about to come Maybe a breeze Or a storm, or just the sun Maybe just the same as yesterday The gloom of the day Bringing you down So you…

The Art of the Manifesto

by Mary Ann Caws The beginning of the 20th century witnessed what Mary Ann Caws has called “The Manifesto Moment” —a ten-year period of “glorious madness” in which nearly every -ism that we identify with Modernism proclaimed its existence. These manifestos were written predominantly by young writers and artists; one might even say that the…

Reflecting on the Sound of A Poem as Big as the City

T&W writers’ in-class writing prompts and exercises inspired and generated the adapted poem found in A Poem as Big as New York City.  From this imaginative, diverse, massive, and multi-faceted material, an adapted work emerged.  Here’s a peek at one of the lessons that served as the raw clay to shape young writers’ minds.  All lessons…

Inventing Autumn: Collaborative Poems from PS188

T&W writer Amina Henry is collaborating with small groups of third- and fourth-graders of PS 188Q The Kingsbury School through lesson plans based on the poetic form renga and designed to deepen the students’ exploration of specific detail and imagery, while also including an introduction to poetic form or “rules.”  Renga, meaning “linked poem,” began more than 700 years ago…

The Possum

2011 Winner of the Bechtel Prize By Janet L. Bland   It started with a possum running right in front of the van. There are many things that I don’t want to happen when I am driving a van full of my students (including, but not limited to, vomiting, flat tires, love triangles, and snowstorms),…

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