Monthly Archives: September 2018

Other Portraits

Self Portrait as Book by Mikaela (8th grade) I am an open book. I am a figure of my author’s imagination or a special memory. I am full of pages and pages of written adventure. Thrilling, fun, freedom are printed on each page. I am unique. My story is unlike any others. I know the…

Poetic Sampling

by Erika Luckert Last year, I facilitated a roundtable discussion on plagiarism and intertextuality in poetry, where a group of teachers and writers talked about the way we use other texts to inspire and fuel our writing. As we talked, we realized that what might be called plagiarism in a formal essay is sometimes a…

A Collection of Haikus

Haiku of Peace by Peter E. (6th grade) A bark for a bite. Just a bullet for a life. A hug ends it all.   Helpful Haiku by Aydin A. (6th grade) Here is a haiku There’s seven syllables here And there is five here   Earth by Eleanor F. (6th grade) The cold moon…

Completing the Character Puzzle with Vignettes

by Jennie Weng  Character analysis is an important skill for writers to learn. However, too often students label characters with one-dimensional terms (e.g., good, bad, funny, evil, protagonist, antagonist).  Well-crafted characters are a lot like real people; they are complex. If students can understand this integral component of character analysis, they will not only be…

Teachers & Writers Magazine

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