Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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Masks

The Mask by Kevin (6th grade) They love the mask But i can’t breathe through its lies They love the mask But i can’t see through its eyes They love the mask But i can’t speak with its tongue They love the mask But i can’t hear when it’s on They love the mask But…

I Am and the Wish

I Am by Marguerite (2nd grade) I am the flower below your feet above the grass. I am the cloud in the sky over the sun. I am the pencil in your hand writing. I am the pie in the window of the bakery. I am the star that shines in the sky and watches you…

VISIONS: poets

T&W was pleased to partner with VISIONS at Selis Manor to present VISIONS: poets, a workshop series in which adults explored classic and contemporary poems and wrote their own poems in response. The workshop was led by teaching artists Dave Johnson and Virginia Valenzuela. Visions: poets is an anthology of original poems from workshops held…

I Am a Human Mask

The wonderful art teacher, Ms. Agramonte, arranged for this arts residency for her students’ mask making unit at PS/IS 218 in the Bronx. Lots of fun and deep philosophical discussions went into creating this book, “I am a Human Mask”. The title comes from student Alexander Quito’s poem. With a focus on masks, I visited…

I See My Imagination

This year, the sixth graders in Mary Agramonte’s art class studied mask making. They explored a variety of masks from ancient and modern cultures, including those of Japan, Central and South America, and the native peoples of North America. Then, drawing on these models and their own cultural backgrounds, students created masks that reflected their…

Years

Years by Amiria (8th grade) The year that had passed Has been a year of heartbreak And shock for the things that May happen to minorities The year where all hope has been loss Even when the people we trust are telling us to hold on The year where people don’t know what to do…

Winter

Winter by Parthiv L. (6th grade) He looked out at the snow and ice, As a cold wind whistled winter Through the door, bringing hope Of making a real-life snowman, A special friend for a lonely boy, At least in his world it was so. He ran out of his room and leapt so High, sliding…

May My Heart Be Strong

Welcome to May My Heart Be Strong, an anthology of writing by the sixth-and seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2016 through February of 2017 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. In Ms. Linehan’s classroom, we used ancient Egyptian poetry to help students…

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