Synonym Toast Crunch

“Imagination is like an extra boost.” – Zakariya F., 4th Grade Synonym Toast Crunch is an anthology of creative writing by the fourth-grade students of PS 90. The title comes from a phrase that the students came to during a lesson on revision midway through the residency as a way to remember the definition of a synonym. The…

Mothers

Mother’s Day by Natalya (6th grade) My mirror in the morning My star at night You shine so bright You give me light You show me what is Wrong from right I hope you enjoy being in love You fly like a dove This is all I have to say Happy Mother’s Day 2014 The…

Research, Real Life, and Coney Island

By Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock In this lesson plan developed by T&W writers Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock for third-grade classes at PS 90 in Coney Island, New York City, the teaching artists invite students to explore how their real-world experience of place can inform their understanding of research. Grade: 3rd Genre: Poetry Download: Research,…

I Am Someone

I Am Someone is an anthology of personal narrative essays and two collaborative poems by the seventh-grade students of West Bronx Academy for the Future. The title comes from a warm-up activity wherein all students participated in completing the prompts, “I am…,” “I was…,” “I’m afraid…,” and “I hope…” thus illustrating their hopes and fears…

Writing the Blues

By Erika Luckert  In this lesson T&W writer Erika Luckert invites students to explore the music genre of blues through contemporary rap and poetry. Grade: 8 Genre: Poetry Download: Writing the Blues Common Core Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 8 and the ELA Standards > Reading: Literature > Grade 8) ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.D: Use precise…

This is Our Voice

We began this year’s program with a spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan called “This is My Voice,” which explores the power of individual voices to create change. This is my voice, Koyczan writes. There are many like it, but this one is mine. In response, students wrote about their own voices. We gathered those…

Experimental Translation

By Olaya Barr In this class, T&W teaching artist Olaya Barr and T&W education associate India Gonzalez, a graduate student at New York University, challenged students to translate a text written in a foreign language, nearly 200 years ago! Is it possible to translate a text if you don’t know the original language? As a…

Exploring Disability Justice through Writing

By Jennifer Bartlett In this lesson from T&W teaching artist Jennifer Bartlett, participants unpack their perceptions of disability, explore the origin of those perceptions, analyze a poem written by a disabled poet, explore explicit and implicit biases within a dialogical framework, and write a poem exploring an aspect of their own identity. Grade/Population: High school or adults…

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