Congratulations to the Young Authors of 457X!

My Favorite Word is Love is an anthology of poetry by the second-grade students of Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders 457X. The title comes from a poem by Gregory Rodriguez where he envisioned spring having a favorite word—love. For twenty days, students learned about hyperboles, personification, metaphors, alliteration, similes, line breaks, syllables, and haikus.  The…

The World Had Gone Mad

A Year Without Rain by Brianna (11th grade) The year. The worst year in living memory. Nothing happened at its proper time. It seemed as if the world had gone mad. The first rains were late. The blazing sun returned, more fierce than it had ever been. The earth burned like hot coals. When the rain dried…

Language and War: A Unit Plan for English Class

by Tim Myers Editors note: This article was originally published in Teachers & Writers Magazine 1997. Can adolescents learn anything profound about the intricate and powerful relationship between language and war? In a century haunted by phrases such as “acceptable losses” and “mutually assured destruction,” can we as teachers help guide our students to some…

50th Stories: Fifty Years of And

By Christina Davis As I write this from my desk at a nearly 400-year-old educational bureaucracy (alias Harvard), I am astonished to reflect on a place—and such a fully catalyzed community—that instead of impediment upon impediment managed somehow to place possibility before all. In its fifty years of existence, Teachers & Writers Collaborative has never…

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