Monthly Archives: February 2016

My Skeleton

COMMON CORE LESSON PLAN Poet and educator Jane LeCroy was part of T&W’s Common Core Leadership Team of writers who developed creative writing teaching resources that are aligned with the requirements of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in science and history/social studies. In this lesson plan, LeCroy offers ideas for addressing a…

Alastair Reid: Traveling Light

Christian McEwen’s essay, “Alastair Reid: Traveling Light,” was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the Bechtel Prize to the author of an exemplary essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination. This year’s Bechtel winner is a lovely portrait of poet and…

Black

Black by Eric (4th grade) What does it mean to be black if in fact being black can be tracked or attached to a particular language or how one should act? What kind of clothes should we wear? And our hair, yes, our beautiful hair? Keep it long or afro-pick it. Or shave it all…

Lesson Plan for Riddles and Arguments

  In this lesson, T&W teaching artist Ibi Zoboi introduces herself and the topic of her residency in one fell swoop. Using name riddles, she encourages students to have fun with their names and introductions while practicing their reasoning skills. Students then build from their solved riddles, moving into a brief exercise of argumentative writing…

POETRY OUT LOUD: Painting an Image with Voice

POETRY OUT LOUD: FROM THE INSIDE   Personally, I’ve never been afraid of being loud and having my voice heard. This may seem to have no relation to Poetry Out Loud, but honestly, any special characteristic about you is what you portray to the audience. My name is Asiya Hassan; I currently attend Herricks High…

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