An Interview with Robert Creeley

This interview was originally published in 2001.  —Ed. DANIEL KANE: One of the things that surprised me in your book Life & Death was that in a number of your poems you used a relatively long line. Your work has, for many years now, been characterized by a short line featuring strong enjambment—this selection from…

We Won’t Surrender

We Won’t Surrender by Marylyn (9th grade) Why do I keep on failing? Back to the old things Is there hope when Misery is coming It takes a million people with creative minds To fill this empty cup with joy We can do it We can do it Cause we are born for this Yes…

Five Tips on Co-Teaching

By Olaya Barr and India Gonzalez The two of us have been co-teaching sixth-graders at PS 122, Mamie Fay in Queens, for the past six months. During this time we have learned a great deal about ourselves as individual teachers and as a pair. Because of this, we thought it would be beneficial to present…

Born By Herself

Born By Herself by Bryanna (8th grade) I was born with death close by waiting, but not today I say. I was born poor with tags on my back but knowledge in my head. I was born to be an hourglass. As I pour out, I watch man wither away into nothingness scattered across all…

Visualizing Revision

By Erika Luckert In the following lesson plan T&W teaching artist Erika Luckert explores what Charles Darwin and Pablo Picasso can teach students about the revision process. She offers her thanks to Lucie Brock-Broido, who first introduced her to Picasso’s bull lithographs as a metaphor for revision. Grade: 11 Genre: All Download: Visualizing Revision Common…

Everybody Writes! We Write the Myths

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 6th-grade students and Bronx Park teachers. I visited the 6th-grade classes during their unit on Mythology. We talked about the way that myths are passed through time, the way…

Everybody Writes! It’s a Mystery…

This anthology is the 2nd of 3 anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 7th Grade and ELL (English Language Learner) students. I visited the 7th grade classes during their Murder Mystery unit. In our time together, we talked a lot…

Everybody Writes! In the Jungle

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 8th-grade students. I visited the 8th-grade classes during their narrative writing unit. They had read adventure stories—Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt, and were working…

As If We Were Gods

As If We Were Gods is an anthology of writing by the seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2017 through March of 2018 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the Spanish conquest of the Native…

I Am Here To Win

 I Am Here To Win is an anthology of writing by the sixth-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. One of the best ways to understand any civilization is through their…

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