Lesson Plans

Innovative lessons/ideas for teaching creative writing, as well as samples of student writing resulting from the lesson. See complete submission guidelines here.

Using Poetry to Jump Start Performance

In this workshop, poetry collective Flatline Poetry uses poetry to get students more comfortable with public speaking. The lesson helps students prepare for everything from presenting in the classroom to appearing before larger audiences and can be adapted for use in getting students ready for Poetry Out Loud competitions.   This lesson plan is designed…

Two Exercises for Community Poem Projects 

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…

Ancestry Poems/Going Inside

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…

New York City, Imagination, and Me

In this poetry lesson, poet and T&W teaching artist Jay Howard invites students to write about their unique relationships to New York City.  Grades Taught: 7th Genre(s) taught: Prose Download: New York City, Imagination, and Me Common Core Standards: (Refer to the ELA Standards > Reading Literature > Grade 7) ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama’s…

Odes in Science: A Lesson Plan

Poet Laureate of Delaware County and T&W teaching artist Bertha Rogers offered this cross-curricular lesson to a class of sixth-graders. Scientific observation and Pablo Neruda combine in this lesson, in which students learn odes from a master and use the form to convey newly gathered information. Rogers says, “Students learn not only about the lives…

Fantasy with Fifth-Graders

  In this lesson plan, former New York University Writers in the Schools Fellow Sarah LaBrie introduces fifth-graders to the world of writing fantasy. Her method includes group reading, writing, and brainstorming as ways to kick-start ideas before moving into vibrant, detailed writing that can combine our world with the fantastic.   Grade(s) Taught: 5th  Genre(s)…

THE CHURCHILL STYLE

T&W teaching artist Liz Arnold introduces a fresh perspective on a well-known historical figure and a new method of characterization in this lesson plan. The result is a unique exercise that excites students to practice informational reading as they develop their creative writing skills and provides a well-rounded and fun cross-curricular activity.  Grade(s) Taught: 7th …

Travel Poetry

Poet-in-residence Dean Kostos brings middle-schoolers into the process of crafting the elusive “voice” students hear so much about. By considering poet May Swenson’s choices in form and use of literary devices, students see how one author developed her voice unconventionally, and how they themselves can play with the rules of writing to develop a voice…

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