Tagged Memoir

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…

Memories and Descriptive Details

LESSON PLAN   This lesson plan by T&W teaching artist David Surface breaks down descriptive writing for second-graders. By collaboratively organizing sensory details and combining them into structured sentences, students see how they can write detailed, evocative prose piece by piece.   Grade(s) Taught: 2nd  Genre(s) Taught: Nonfiction, memoir Download: Memories and Descriptive Details Common Core…

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…

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…

ROOTS

  LESSON PLAN In this lesson plan from T&W teaching artist Jason Leahey, students review the function of roots as taught in their science lessons and connect them to metaphor, their newly learned literary device. Considering their own needs and the metaphorical “roots” in their lives, students write descriptive paragraphs about the roots that help…

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