A Hand Full of Poets – Student Writing from P.S. 457

Alba Delia HernandezWriter in Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction A Hand Full of Poets is an anthology by the second grade students at PS 457X, Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders.The title is a quote from Jemima’s poem, “I Celebrate Myself.” For twenty days, students discussed the poetry of famous writers like Kwame Dawes, Sandra Cisneros, Langston…

Ricordiamo – We Remember

Using Creative Writing to Inspire Choreography By Matthew Burgess The following was originally published in the Teachers & Writers Magazine, Summer 2010 issue. This piece is dedicated to the memory of David Martinez. David had been hired to teach Martha Graham technique at summer dance festivals in Italy, so the obvious question was, Can I…

Here to Shine! Student Writing from P.S. 51

Matthew BurgessWriter-in-Residence, May 2019 Introduction  The title of this year’s poetry anthology comes from Rae-shon Sanchez’s amazing poem, “I Am.” First, we read “The Delight Song” by N. Scott Momaday as a class, and then we did a brief meditation: what are some things we might compare ourselves to? Once our ideas began percolating, I…

Gone Awry

By Katherine Watkins For Back to School Night, my principal requested an extra police officer on campus and asked all administrators to take 15-minute shifts in my classroom to ensure I was never left alone with the parents. The tension was incredible. Threats of violence and death pervaded my thoughts instead of my anticipated “Welcome…

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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…

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