Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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A Black Person’s Life

by Jasmine (7th grade) Negative There was a time when there were slaves Who were treated wrong even when they behaved My ancestors were beaten, whipped and killed They became angered, soulless and people who had no will They didn’t do anything wrong or bad But the Europeans and Salesmen were glad Because they would…

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…

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…

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…

So Much Depends Upon…

By Brandon (6th Grade) Light and Shadows lights and shadows two contributing forces, eternity and forever century-old feud   Endless Cycle a night of gazing at the moon before the shining crispy sun the endless cycle of war and peace   2016 So Much Depends Upon… Stretching Out Your Positivity I.S. 392, Brooklyn Edited by Melanie…

Civil War Allegory

T&W writer Sarah Porter collaborated with teachers and seventh-graders of Hudson Cliffs School through several writing projects designed to elicit creative and critical responses to the history of the Civil War. In order to overcome the conceptual distance that makes viewpoints held in the past seem nearly unfathomable, students read two primary sources from the period: “The Dying Confederate’s Last…

The Wide Dirt Road

The Wide Dirt Road by Franklin (2nd grade) so much depends upon a wide dirt road covered with sand and gravel, lined with wooden sticks, and carrying farm delivery trucks away to the city.   2015 To Write is to Live PS 153 Manhattan Edited by Noemí Martínez Cress, writer‐in‐residence  

The Sumerian King

Ekphrastic Sevenling poems after visiting the Ancient Near Eastern art exhibt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art   He Saw It Happen by Lauren Cuda (6th grade) He saw three things happen— People giving him sight, The parish of those people, and the sky He lived for the sky Now he lives for the museum He lives…

Visions: Poetry Out Loud

Visions: Poetry Out Loud is a poetry anthology from workshops held in the spring of 2016 at VISIONS at Selis Manor, a nonprofit adapted learning environment and meeting place for blind youth, adults, and seniors. Teachers & Writers Collaborative was pleased to partner with VISIONS to present Poetry Out Loud for Seniors, a workshop series in which adults explored classic and…

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