Tagged Poetry

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 122Q!

From the introduction to The Thirst of Life, anthology for the writing residency at 122Q. This school year, 2016-2017, has been my 16th sea­son of teaching creative writing at PS 122Q, the Mamie Fay School, in Astoria, Queens, New York. It has, once again, been my distinct privilege and pleasure to teach the wonderful 6th-graders…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 457X!

My Favorite Word is Love is an anthology of poetry by the second-grade students of Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders 457X. The title comes from a poem by Gregory Rodriguez where he envisioned spring having a favorite word—love. For twenty days, students learned about hyperboles, personification, metaphors, alliteration, similes, line breaks, syllables, and haikus.  The…

The World Had Gone Mad

A Year Without Rain by Brianna (11th grade) The year. The worst year in living memory. Nothing happened at its proper time. It seemed as if the world had gone mad. The first rains were late. The blazing sun returned, more fierce than it had ever been. The earth burned like hot coals. When the rain dried…

May My Heart Be Strong

The Place of Hope by Mexx (6th grade) May I be able to see the world in just one leap. May I have water, Kryptonian DNA, and the bright yellow sun. May I return to the home where I lived happily with my family. May I have a heart that never gives up. Please don’t…

Earth Day Delicious Details

Matthew Burgess, poet, educator, and long-time T&W poet-in-residence, teaches young students about imaginative description in this lesson on poetry. Students engage in group writing, independent writing, and physical movement, all of which encourage them to be imaginative and detailed in their writing.  Grade(s) taught: 1st Genre(s) taught: Poetry Download: Earth Day Delicious Details   Common Core…

Rain Can Be Anything: Kindergarten Poetry Lesson

In Linda Morel’s lesson, students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations by realizing that poetry about rain doesn’t have to be confined to drops that fall from the sky. The goal is to encourage students to broaden their perspective. Early childhood students are often very literal. In this lesson, students are encouraged to see outside…

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