Tagged Nonfiction

THE CHURCHILL STYLE

T&W teaching artist Liz Arnold introduces a fresh perspective on a well-known historical figure and a new method of characterization in this lesson plan. The result is a unique exercise that excites students to practice informational reading as they develop their creative writing skills and provides a well-rounded and fun cross-curricular activity.  Grade(s) Taught: 7th …

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…

POINT OF VIEW AND THE PYRAMIDS

COMMON CORE RESIDENCY UNIT Writer and educator Liz Arnold 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 as they apply to history/social studies and science. In this unit, Arnold offers ideas for…

IRONY AND THE WALDORF ASTORIA

LESSON PLAN    In this lesson, perhaps to the dismay of teachers and parents everywhere, T&W teaching artist Sarah Porter brings sarcasm to sixth-graders. Based on Langston Hughes’ poem “Advertisement for the Waldorf Astoria,” this lesson plan teaches students about irony as a literary technique in order to develop voice in nonfiction writing. Though Porter’s…

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