Monthly Archives: November 2014

Winter 2014-2015: ARTivism

Welcome to Teachers & Writers Magazine online! With this new version of the magazine, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) continues the conversation we began in 1967, when the first Teachers & Writers Collaborative Newsletter was published. In this latest iteration, our discussion of the work and joy of “educating the imagination” and teaching creative writing…

Valves, Salves, and Blueprints:
Poetry and Artivism

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE   Kamilah Aisha Moon     “What she had believed was indignation or rage or a deep intolerance for injustice came down to this: she was irreducibly in love with this bewitching planet, this thrilling life, this heartbreaking species she belonged to, with its capacity for stupefying destruction and breathtaking magnanimity.”                                                                                    …

Family Voices:
Empowering Families through Collaborative Writing

EXPLODED LESSON PLAN   For those who have been excluded from educational opportunities, a classroom can seem a forbidding place. Engaging entire families in school-based literacy projects not only supports student learning, but also strengthens the school community.  In this lesson, Janet Hurley, co-founder of Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community, describes tweaking the…

In The Classroom:
The Megaphonic Voice

EXPLODED LESSON PLAN   There is an intimate relationship between Artivism and the Manifesto—perhaps even an essential one. Here, Teachers & Writers Collaborative teaching artist Ibi Zoboi takes it one step further: in this Exploded Lesson Plan—filled with links to news stories, videos, lesson plans, primary sources, and more—she connects the manifesto to the teaching…

Ain’t I a Teacher?
Teaching Persuasive Writing Inspired by Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”

EXPLODED LESSON PLAN   High school students are at an age where they are becoming increasingly aware of the social and political realities of the world, and beginning to understand how these connect to the injustices they see and experience in their own lives. This exercise from T&W teaching artist Bushra Rehman uses the revolutionary voice of Sojourner…

Interview with Eve Ensler: What Are We Afraid Of

INTERVIEW   by Matthew Burgess   Eve Ensler is the Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical phenomenon The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, TheTreatment, The Good Body, and Emotional Creature. Her books include Insecure At Last:…

The Poet Is In

EDUCATING THE IMAGINATION     Chessy Normile   Stepping onto a wooden box with a crumpled piece of paper in my hand, I was already laughing. We had gathered on that Sunday evening—the first Sunday of the month, as usual—under New York City’s Washington Square Arch to celebrate William Carlos Williams. I announced the poem’s…

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