Monthly Archives: May 2018

Value Exploration and Personal Narrative

By Samantha LoCoco In this lesson on personal narrative, T&W teaching artist Samantha LoCoco helps seventh-graders begin to articulate the values that are most important to them, and to realize how those values shape who they are as individuals.  Grade: 7 Genre: Personal Narrative  Download: Value Exploration and Personal Narrative  Common Core State Standards:  (Refer to…

In Defense of Teaching Difficult Poems

By Erika Luckert I was developing a lesson for a 6th-grade unit on poetry and mythology. We would read two different Medusa poems, I decided, and then students would have a chance to write their own poems addressed to Medusa. The first poem I selected was Sylvia Plath’s “Medusa,” The second, by Lynn Schmeidler, was…

The Poetry Room

It’s been a joy to work with the students and faculty at PS90 this spring. In this anthology, or “poetry room,” you will find things that delight and surprise you. Unicorns, spring puddles, cats, and flowers, among many other things, are contained inside. You will read poems about spring, Brooklyn, night sounds, mountains, imagined night…

Dear Diary…

By Bushra Rehman In the following lesson plan writer Bushra Rehman considers diary writing as a vehicle to explore personal experience. Grade: 5 Genre: Prose Download: Dear Diary… Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 5) ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and…

Synonym Toast Crunch

“Imagination is like an extra boost.” – Zakariya F., 4th Grade Synonym Toast Crunch is an anthology of creative writing by the fourth-grade students of PS 90. The title comes from a phrase that the students came to during a lesson on revision midway through the residency as a way to remember the definition of a synonym. The…

Mothers

Mother’s Day by Natalya (6th grade) My mirror in the morning My star at night You shine so bright You give me light You show me what is Wrong from right I hope you enjoy being in love You fly like a dove This is all I have to say Happy Mother’s Day 2014 The…

Research, Real Life, and Coney Island

By Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock In this lesson plan developed by T&W writers Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock for third-grade classes at PS 90 in Coney Island, New York City, the teaching artists invite students to explore how their real-world experience of place can inform their understanding of research. Grade: 3rd Genre: Poetry Download: Research,…

I Am Someone

I Am Someone is an anthology of personal narrative essays and two collaborative poems by the seventh-grade students of West Bronx Academy for the Future. The title comes from a warm-up activity wherein all students participated in completing the prompts, “I am…,” “I was…,” “I’m afraid…,” and “I hope…” thus illustrating their hopes and fears…

Writing the Blues

By Erika Luckert  In this lesson T&W writer Erika Luckert invites students to explore the music genre of blues through contemporary rap and poetry. Grade: 8 Genre: Poetry Download: Writing the Blues Common Core Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 8 and the ELA Standards > Reading: Literature > Grade 8) ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.D: Use precise…

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