Monthly Archives: October 2017

50th Stories: Kids & War

By Nancy Larson Shapiro Teachers & Writers Collaborative is turning 50 years old this fall. To celebrate this milestone, we asked people who have been part of T&W’s work over the last five decades to tell their stories. Nancy Larson Shapiro, long-time T&W staff director and now chair of the T&W Board of Directors, reflects…

Writing in the Wild: Beyond the 5-Paragraph Essay

by Tricia Ebarvia This article was originally published at movingwriters.org. “What do you think about when you hear the word essay?” A moment of silence. Some confused looks. Others, blank stares. A few, smirks. It’s late afternoon, September, last period. My AP Lang class and I are in the midst of finishing up our discussion of Joan Didion’s wonderful…

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…

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