Monthly Archives: March 2018

Born By Herself

Born By Herself by Bryanna (8th grade) I was born with death close by waiting, but not today I say. I was born poor with tags on my back but knowledge in my head. I was born to be an hourglass. As I pour out, I watch man wither away into nothingness scattered across all…

Visualizing Revision

By Erika Luckert In the following lesson plan T&W teaching artist Erika Luckert explores what Charles Darwin and Pablo Picasso can teach students about the revision process. She offers her thanks to Lucie Brock-Broido, who first introduced her to Picasso’s bull lithographs as a metaphor for revision. Grade: 11 Genre: All Download: Visualizing Revision Common…

Everybody Writes! We Write the Myths

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 6th-grade students and Bronx Park teachers. I visited the 6th-grade classes during their unit on Mythology. We talked about the way that myths are passed through time, the way…

Everybody Writes! It’s a Mystery…

This anthology is the 2nd of 3 anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 7th Grade and ELL (English Language Learner) students. I visited the 7th grade classes during their Murder Mystery unit. In our time together, we talked a lot…

Everybody Writes! In the Jungle

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 8th-grade students. I visited the 8th-grade classes during their narrative writing unit. They had read adventure stories—Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt, and were working…

As If We Were Gods

As If We Were Gods is an anthology of writing by the seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2017 through March of 2018 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the Spanish conquest of the Native…

I Am Here To Win

 I Am Here To Win is an anthology of writing by the sixth-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. One of the best ways to understand any civilization is through their…

Imagining the Present

by Grace Paley This transcript of Paley’s speech at T&W’s Educating the Imagination forum was originally published in 1996.  —Ed. I just looked over at my children [in the audience]. It’s very embarrassing to be spoken about in front of one’s children. Recently I was trying to remember exactly how we started Teachers & Writers Collaborative….

Exploring Unconventional Form

By Olaya Barr In this lesson from T&W teaching artist Olaya Barr, students learn how an unconventional form can serve as a creative constraint for a story. Barr taught this lesson at PS 122, the Mamie Fay School, in Queens, alongside T&W education associate and New York University graduate student India Gonzalez. This exercise challenges…

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