Sounds and Silences: Line Breaks

In Noemi Martinez Cress’ lesson plan, “Sounds and Silence,” she teaches students how to organize their poem into lines. After the previous lesson, during which students started to write their first short poems (usually in large block, like paragraph or prose), “The Poem (As the Cat)” by Williams Carlos Williams is used as a model to…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 218X

To the students of 218X (from the introduction to the anthology Everything is Liquid) This was a very special residency for me because Ms. Agramonte suggested we take the students to the Museum of Natural History and write poems and draw images inspired by the Northwestern mask exhibit. Her students had been studying masks from around…

The Art Poem

In this lesson from T&W teaching artist Amina Henry, students explore the relationship between visual art and poetry. Using the poetry of William Carlos Williams as a model, students explore imagery and use it as a starting point to write their own poems about art.  Grade(s) taught: 3rd, 4th, and 5th  Genre(s) taught: Poetry, creative…

Synesthesia: Literary Device

Author, artist, and T&W writer-in-residence Liz Arnold offers this lesson to explore the concept of synesthesia as a literary device. Students explore work by Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Rimbaud to inform their individual poems. Grade(s): 5th, 7th Genre(s): Poetry Download: Synesthesia: Literary Device Common Core Standards: (Refer to the Anchor Standards for Writing at English Language…

This is Just to Say

Our Words Golden by Isaiah (Middle School) Like golden statues, Like a butterfly, Like the sun in space. Our words like stars.   This is Just to Say: I Can’t Go Outside by Christopher (Middle School) I can’t go outside. People shooting; Fireworks. People Going in, Keep going into, The sky. It is so sad To…

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…

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