Monthly Archives: April 2018

This is Our Voice

We began this year’s program with a spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan called “This is My Voice,” which explores the power of individual voices to create change. This is my voice, Koyczan writes. There are many like it, but this one is mine. In response, students wrote about their own voices. We gathered those…

Experimental Translation

By Olaya Barr In this class, T&W teaching artist Olaya Barr and T&W education associate India Gonzalez, a graduate student at New York University, challenged students to translate a text written in a foreign language, nearly 200 years ago! Is it possible to translate a text if you don’t know the original language? As a…

Exploring Disability Justice through Writing

By Jennifer Bartlett In this lesson from T&W teaching artist Jennifer Bartlett, participants unpack their perceptions of disability, explore the origin of those perceptions, analyze a poem written by a disabled poet, explore explicit and implicit biases within a dialogical framework, and write a poem exploring an aspect of their own identity. Grade/Population: High school or adults…

Joy

Joy by Joshua (4th grade) In my black and white dream I met happiness. When is your birthday I asked. My birthday was the first time the ocean laughed, he said.   2016 Fire From the Moon PS156, Brooklyn, NY Joanna Fuhrman,  writer‐in‐residence

An Interview with Robert Creeley

This interview was originally published in 2001.  —Ed. DANIEL KANE: One of the things that surprised me in your book Life & Death was that in a number of your poems you used a relatively long line. Your work has, for many years now, been characterized by a short line featuring strong enjambment—this selection from…

We Won’t Surrender

We Won’t Surrender by Marylyn (9th grade) Why do I keep on failing? Back to the old things Is there hope when Misery is coming It takes a million people with creative minds To fill this empty cup with joy We can do it We can do it Cause we are born for this Yes…

Five Tips on Co-Teaching

By Olaya Barr and India Gonzalez The two of us have been co-teaching sixth-graders at PS 122, Mamie Fay in Queens, for the past six months. During this time we have learned a great deal about ourselves as individual teachers and as a pair. Because of this, we thought it would be beneficial to present…

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