The Advanced Class

Memoir Writing at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community  by Naomi Rachel  Telling our stories is good for our brains and it can also be a great deal of fun and help build community. We all have great stories to share and only need help getting started.  Last year, a friend in Canada told me about the…

The Character Sketch

This is one of three lesson plans that accompany the essay The Advanced Class. By Naomi Rachel The Character Sketch assignment was very popular among my students at the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, Co., because we first created an imaginary character together. The point of that exercise was for students to realize how…

The Place-Map Assignment

This is is one of three lesson plans that accompany the essay The Advanced Class. By Naomi Rachel For this assignment with a writing class for older adults at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, Colorado, I brought in large sheets of paper and lots of pens and crayons. We are never too old to…

The Photography Assignment

This is one of three lesson plans that accompany the essay The Advanced Class. by Naomi Rachel I have always used photographs in writing classes. It seems obvious that writing about a photo you selected with a personal emotional connection would be a great inspiration. But I found that writing about a random photo with…

Reading Texts as a Prelude to Analysis

by Jason DeHart As a teacher in an undergraduate composition course for incoming freshmen, one of the great joys I have experienced is setting the stage for analytical writing with a variety of reading experiences. In fact, I have discovered a new-found love for analysis by teaching composition in this way. This process usually begins…

In The Borough of Poetry

Introduction Erika Luckert & Matthew Thompson Writers-in-Residence, February 2019 We began this year’s program with a poem by Brooklyn-born poet Martin Espada called “The Republic of Poetry,” where Espada imagines a world in which poetry is everywhere. The title for this year’s anthology was inspired by Espada’s poem, and by the enormous wealth of poetry…

Finding Freedom: An Every Day Mood

Student writing from John Jay High School of Law 10th Grade Students Amina Henry, Writer-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction It’s been a pleasure to work with students at John Jay High School of Law. For this residency we had a thematic focus on oppression and liberation, exploring the voices of those who have been oppressed while…

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