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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…

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…

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…

Colorism

Colorism by Krystal “I used to wish that I can wake up one day lighter or wash my face and think that it would change. I thought it was dirt and I tried to clean it off but it wouldn’t come off.” This is from a person that wasn’t comfortable in their own skin. In today’s society the youth are concerned about who’s…

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