Going to the Theater at Age 91 (& ½)

by Lydia LaFleur When I read that the musical My Fair Lady would be having a revival at Lincoln Center this summer, I was thrilled. I had seen the original production with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison back in the late 1950s and had listened to the recording multiple times. It’s my favorite musical, with its joyous…

Disability as Metaphor

By Jennifer Bartlett As a poet, I find myself particularly sensitive to words. This is bit ironic as I have always thought of myself as someone who is quite blunt. When my son was young, I taught him that the bad words were not the swear words you might expect, but words like “retard,” “lame,”…

Revision by Translation

by Erika Luckert This lesson uses translation as a way to teach revision in poetry.  Grades: Middle and high school Opening Discussion:  Ask students if anyone speaks a language other than English. Give the students a chance to share their other languages with each other, and ask if anybody has tried translating, either orally or…

How Did You Get Here: Richard Lewis’ Fifty Years of Teaching Children Poetry, And Being Taught By Them

by Robert Hirschfield     Picking at the             soil            grains     of my childhood            play    a little longer   Richard Lewis, 83, left his door open for me. It is on the fourth floor of a strange old office building in Astoria, Queens that houses three funeral parlors and a museum. Short,…

Thankful

T&W writer David Surface collaborated with 6th-grade students at IS 187, Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan through several writing projects designed to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. Using ancient Sumerian sculptures of battle scenes as a starting point, students were asked: Why did the…

Step

By Angelica Rosa This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.     On my street, growing up, it took under thirty-two steps to walk straight to any store. After school, as I passed my friends walking together, or with…

Math Meets Verse: Counting, Decoding, & Rhythm

by Alice Pencavel T&W teaching Alice Pencavel offers a lesson plan that lets students connect language and equation, demystifies difficult language with concrete numbers and rhythms, and fosters collaboration among students. In so doing, the lesson elicits a physical pleasure associated with Shakespeare. Guiding Questions:  What feelings arise from the music? How fast/slow is it?…

Preparing to Perform: Practicing Peer Feedback

by Erika Luckert At the end of most T&W programs, we hold a celebration that launches an anthology of student work and features performances of poems by a selection of student readers. While not every student will perform their work onstage, it’s important to me as an educator that every student feels a part of…

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