Monthly Archives: April 2019

Search Results as Lyrical Launchpads

by Cal LaFountain  Grades: High school and college Learning Goals  In this lesson, students will use Internet search results to generate random language for the basis of a poem, story, or essay. Students may use search engines on their devices, a classroom computer, or, if a more analog strategy is desired, any nearby books that…

Two Poetry Prompts to Inspire Immigrant Teens

Bridging Borders With Words: Writing With Immigrant and Refugee Students This article is the second in a series in Teachers & Writers Magazine on working with immigrant and refugee writers. The first piece in the series, Susan Karwoska’s interviews with high school students, “One Day You Will Be One of the Happier: The Voices and…

Found Poetry & Accessibility

by Donnie Welch I love using found poetry in my workshops! If you’re unfamiliar with the form, here’s a definition from the Academy of American Poets: “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles,…

English Language Artists

by Sally Ventura This essay is adapted from Sally Ventura’s keynote speech at the 2018 New York State English Council Conference. One day, a student in one of my English 11 classes arrived just a minute or two after the bell. I was standing at my podium, reviewing the day’s plans in the way that…

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