Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

Secret Place

LESSON PLAN Perie Longo’s “Secret Place” lesson plan for third- through sixth-graders appears in Poetry Crossing: 50+ Lessons for 50 Years of California Poets in the Schools. T&W is pleased to work with our California colleagues to share lesson plans from this 50th anniversary collection. In this lesson plan, Perie invites students to think about…


LESSON PLAN   By Alan Sitomer  As a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new English teacher, it did not take me too long to begin muttering to myself, “Why are so many of my students so reluctant to embrace books?” Actually, using the word “reluctant” is a euphemism. My students overtly HATED books. And why not, I…


TEACHING ARTIST VOICE   Poet, performer, and teaching artist Fatimah Asghar shares her thoughts on the transformative power of spoken-word poetry in the work that she does with Young Chicago Authors. Students share their thoughts about spoken-word poetry, as well as their own poems. Asghar is a performer, poet, and member of the multicultural Dark Noise Collective….

FALL 2015

What happened at school today?  From the time we were very young, answering that question from a parent, grandparent, sibling, or neighbor was an invitation to tell a story. The power of storytelling is on our minds here at Teachers & Writers Collaborative as our writers head back to classrooms across New York City, where…

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