Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

UNCOVERING STUDENTS’ STORIES

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE By Vanessa Mártir Most private colleges and universities require a personal narrative essay as part of the application process. I tell my students that the essay is the gate. Their statistics get them to the gate—GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, etc.—but what gets that gate to open (and grant them…

YOUNG WRITERS OF THE WORLD: SAVANNAH

Savannah (pictured here with her mother, Pauline) is a student in a Brooklyn, New York public middle school and was in a seventh-grade class taught by writer and T&W teaching artist Liz Arnold in the spring of 2015. She spoke with editor Susan Karwoska in May and—along with her mom—again in September about what the…

#YOU’RE IT: (SLOW) TAGGING IN THE CLASSROOM

LESSON PLAN By Lucas DuClos A decade ago it would have been hard to imagine how common the practice of “tagging” would become—other than of course phone tag, or freeze tag, or (the best) TV tag. And yet it should be no surprise to anyone even vaguely involved in education today that, according to the…

Personal Narrative Essay

LESSON PLAN   In this lesson, T&W teaching artist Olivia Birdsall invites students to select a topic for a Cause-Effect/Before-After essay, and instructs them to describe the changes they observed in themselves via specific, vivid description (SHOWING) instead of general summary (TELLING).  Grade(s) Taught: 11th–12th Genre(s) Taught: Personal narrative essay Download: Personal Narrative Essay Lesson…

Writing and Playing

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE    By Barbara Feinberg   Story Shop, my creative writing program for kids, meets in a comfortable room in an old church in a small suburb in Westchester County, just north of New York City, and has been going strong for over twenty years. My longest-running workshop during that time is made…

EXCERPTS FROM STORY SHOP’S TUESDAY GROUP

Each girl in Story Shop’s Tuesday group—which has been together for over four years now—is working on a unique project of her own choosing and design. Some kids write a different story or vignette or build a new sculpture each week; some have been working on the same project over the course of the year,…

INSIDE POEMS

LESSON PLAN By Joanna Fuhrman Adapted from ideas in Poetry Everywhere Professor and T&W poet-in-residence Joanna Fuhrman explores Lorca, Simic, and Apollinaire in this poetry lesson. Using multiple model texts, Joanna provides students with a variety of points of view and approaches to creating an image in writing. This lesson allows students to compare literature…

YOUNG WRITERS OF THE WORLD: AHRAR

  Ahrar is a student in a New York City public school and was in a second-grade class taught by poet and T&W teaching artist Matthew Burgess in the spring of 2015. In this interview with editor Susan Karwoska, he holds forth on poetry and his plans for the future.  * Teachers & Writers: Do…

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