Monthly Archives: January 2018

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…

The Walk Poem

by Ron Padgett Guess what. The walk poem involves a walk. The interesting thing is that there are so many ways for the walk to be a part of the poem, and the poem to be a part of the walk. Writing poems about a walk has a long history, going back at least as…

The College Application Essay as a Descriptive Narrative

By Amina Henry  In this essay-writing lesson, T&W writer Amina Henry helps students generate ideas and practice writing the college application essay.  Grade: 11th–12th  Genre: Personal Essay Download: The College Application Essay as a Descriptive Narrative Common Core State Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 11–12): ELA-LITERACY.W.11–12.2.D: Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary,…

The Art of Observation

By Alice Pencavel  In T&W teaching artist Alice Pencavel’s lesson plan, students explore the art of observation, integrate their observations into their writing, and deepen their appreciation for craft through examining word choice. Grade: 4th  Genre(s): Poetry Download: The Art of Observation Common Core Learning Standard (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade…

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…

Lives of the Young Poets

 By John Oliver Simon In the winter of 1971, I was subsisting, barely, selling self-printed books of my own poetry along Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. One late night I stumbled into a bar and was greeted by a woman we called Sister Mary, who sported full nun drag with vermilion lipstick, a modest wimple barely…

Writing Isn’t Over . . . Till We Share

By Daniel Rose  We have finished writing the most recent drafts of our personal narratives, the first major writing assignment of the middle school year, our first attempt to show the world how powerful our writing can be, our first courageous leap onto the Velcro wall, where our work will stick and hang for everyone…

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