Monthly Archives: November 2016

Reflecting on the Sound of A Poem as Big as the City

T&W writers’ in-class writing prompts and exercises inspired and generated the adapted poem found in A Poem as Big as New York City.  From this imaginative, diverse, massive, and multi-faceted material, an adapted work emerged.  Here’s a peek at one of the lessons that served as the raw clay to shape young writers’ minds.  All lessons…

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…

The Possum

2011 Winner of the Bechtel Prize By Janet L. Bland   It started with a possum running right in front of the van. There are many things that I don’t want to happen when I am driving a van full of my students (including, but not limited to, vomiting, flat tires, love triangles, and snowstorms),…

Writing Our Way Through the Door

By Vanessa Mártir This essay was first published on Vanessa Mártir’s  blog, Digging Into Memory. It was a hard teaching week. High school students can be so callous, and I’m a hard teacher who demands a lot from my kids and sometimes that causes problems. But know this: I am here, working with this demographic, because…

The Tree Project

2004 Winner of the Bechtel Prize By Sam Swope A Tree Is As I walked through Central Park to the subway that September, already leaves were beginning to turn. I was excited by the project I had planned for my immigrant fifth graders. There were 36 of them, from more than 20 countries, and I’d…

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