Monthly Archives: February 2018

Poetry as a Mirror

2018 Runner-up of the Bechtel Prize By Glenis Redmond Author and T&W Board member Tayari Jones selected Glenis Redmond’s essay, “Poetry as a Mirror,” as the runner-up for the 2018 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education,…

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…

Writing with Children After the Fires

By Phyllis Meshulam I. On the night of October 8, 2017, aptly-named Diablo winds from the east, gusting at as much as 70 miles per hour, carried embers over the mountains that separate Sonoma and Napa Counties in wine-country California. The resulting massive wildfires burned more than 5,000 homes to the ground in Sonoma County…

Tone and Attitude in Poetry

By Jane LeCroy In this lesson, T&W teaching artist Jane LeCroy explores tone and self-expression with students. Using the poetry of Walt Whitman, John Berryman, and Yusef Komunyakaa as models, students explore their own attitude about life, and then use what they have learned as a starting point to write their own poems. Genre: Poetry Grade:…

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…

Words, Images and Music: How We Enter

2018 Winner of the Bechtel Prize By Julie Landsman Author and T&W Board member Tayari Jones selected Julie Landsman’s essay “Words, Images, and Music: How We Enter” as the 2018 Bechtel Prize winner. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores themes related to creative writing,…

Music and Memory: A Conversation with Julie Landsman

By Wynne Kontos Julie Landsman is a writer, a painter, and an educator who spent thirty years in the public school system and now dedicates her time to the elder population facing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Landsman’s Bechtel Prize–winning piece, “Words, Images and Music: How We Enter,” chronicles her life as both an educator and a…

Conferring with Kids

By Ralph Fletcher The text below is an excerpt from The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose & Play by Ralph Fletcher. This excerpt was reprinted with permission from Scholastic. Conferring is simply a conversation with another writer. Let’s not make it more complicated than it needs to be. —Ruth Ayres The writing time is the…

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