Monthly Archives: September 2016

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…

Odes in Science: A Lesson Plan

Poet Laureate of Delaware County and T&W teaching artist Bertha Rogers offered this cross-curricular lesson to a class of sixth-graders. Scientific observation and Pablo Neruda combine in this lesson, in which students learn odes from a master and use the form to convey newly gathered information. Rogers says, “Students learn not only about the lives…

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…

Fantasy with Fifth-Graders

  In this lesson plan, former New York University Writers in the Schools Fellow Sarah LaBrie introduces fifth-graders to the world of writing fantasy. Her method includes group reading, writing, and brainstorming as ways to kick-start ideas before moving into vibrant, detailed writing that can combine our world with the fantastic.   Grade(s) Taught: 5th  Genre(s)…

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