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.

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…

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…

Origins Poems

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…

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…

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