Monthly Archives: January 2019

Rewriting Memoir

by Alice Pencavel Lesson Objectives:  To examine all the choices put in to a single sentence. To activate thoughtful patience and apply it to the process of writing. To allow time to write. To practice discipline and focus. To find new ways to actively incorporate personal reflections into our work.  Guiding Questions:  Why did Maya…

Recognizing Art as a Bridge to Academic Success

by Beverly Pell Early in my career I caught a glimpse of how exploration of art and creativity can powerfully influence written language. I was a rookie English teacher in a large urban school district with a high Hispanic population in southern California. While the focus of learning in my English class was speaking, listening,…

Literary Crossword, January Edition

Click here to print crossword and clues     1  Technique that makes a reader turn the page     5  Jane Austen protagonist     8  Three-way     9  Humorous verse form   10  First name of the author of “Black Beauty”   11  First name of the famous writer who penned “The Kingdom of God is Within…

The Feminist in Me

by Tuhfa Begum This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.   It started with an insult, when we collided at the front door of school at eight o’clock on a Monday morning and I dropped an armful of feminist…

Ode to Winter

The Snow, a blues poem by Otto O. (6th grade) Oh, the snow, the snow, the snow. The white, the warmth, the snow. I feel so good. I think you know. But then comes the rain! Oh no, not the rain! It wipes all the good snow away. And I’m upset, thanks a lot rain!…

Where I’m From: The Musical

Where I’m From: The Musical is an original book and lyrics and written by The Visionaries during a dramatic musical workshop held in the spring of 2018. The workshop took place at VISIONS at Selis Manor, a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization for the blind and visually impaired in New York. The participants listened…

On a New Day

On a New Day by Donnie (7th grade) On a old day. Wars were fought, people we lost. Lives were destroyed, lost in the void. People would cry, there souls would cry. Homes were gone, by the strike of dawn. But wipe your tears, didn’t you hear? Today’s a new day. On a new day….

Teachers & Writers Magazine

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