Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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Sky Clouds Make a Picture: Anthology by Students of The Louis Armstrong Middle School

It has been a real treat to work with the Louis Armstrong Middle School this year. During this five-week residency, I decided to focus on the basic goal of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative—exercising the imagination. Yes, we used time-tested effective poetic devices like simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, and repetition. We re-visited the five…

PS 457 Young Leadership Academy/Teachers & Writers Collaborative Partnership Program Snapshot

T&W teaching artists Alba Delia Hernandez and Samantha LoCoco conducted a 20-session residency at PS 457, Young Leadership Academy, in the Bronx with second-grade gifted and talented students. The students learned about figurative language and poetic structure and examined a range of diverse authors such as Sandra Cisneros, Willie Perdomo, Pablo Neruda, Kwame Dawes, and…

PS 188 Kingsbury School/T&W: Partnership Program Snapshot

T&W teaching artist Amina Henry conducted a 20-session poetry residency at PS 188, the Kingsbury School, in Bayside, Queens with third- and fourth-grade gifted and talented classes. Kirsten Chen, who was a T&W editorial associate in 2016–2017, had an email conversation with one of Henry’s classroom teacher partners, Jessica Wingfield, about the program’s impact.  Teachers…

I Eat The Wind

I Eat The Wind by Jolany (2nd grade)     2017 My Favorite Word is Love Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders, PS 457X, Bronx, NY Alba Hernandez & Samantha LaCoco,  writers‐in‐residence    

The Lonely Mountain V: Letter Poems

The Lonely Mountain V by Nadia (6th grade) The lonely mountain stands there All she wants is a companion She dreams of having a little mountain by her side She says, “Come over, little mountain!” The lonely mountain feels upside down The lonely mountain stands there Waiting   Who Are You, Letter U?  by Tiffany…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 122Q!

From the introduction to The Thirst of Life, anthology for the writing residency at 122Q. This school year, 2016-2017, has been my 16th sea­son of teaching creative writing at PS 122Q, the Mamie Fay School, in Astoria, Queens, New York. It has, once again, been my distinct privilege and pleasure to teach the wonderful 6th-graders…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 457X!

My Favorite Word is Love is an anthology of poetry by the second-grade students of Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders 457X. The title comes from a poem by Gregory Rodriguez where he envisioned spring having a favorite word—love. For twenty days, students learned about hyperboles, personification, metaphors, alliteration, similes, line breaks, syllables, and haikus.  The…

The World Had Gone Mad

A Year Without Rain by Brianna (11th grade) The year. The worst year in living memory. Nothing happened at its proper time. It seemed as if the world had gone mad. The first rains were late. The blazing sun returned, more fierce than it had ever been. The earth burned like hot coals. When the rain dried…

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