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….

Flash Nonfiction as an Introduction to Writing Modes

by Jason DeHart By far, one of the biggest challenges my middle school students faced when Common Core State Standards were introduced was a focus on writing in response to nonfiction text. This new look at composing required students to build texts based on stimulus materials, rather than writing narrative and emerging explanatory essays. I…

December Days

December Days Anushka (3rd grade) Christmas lights shining like stars On a cold winter night. Snow covering trees, Like thick white blankets. Stockings hung from the fireplace, Waiting to be filled by treats. Children going To wait for old Saint Nick. They open their presents on Christmas day With joyful faces. The snow is melting…

Literary Crossword, December Edition

  Click here to print crossword and clues Across     1  Writing technique hinting at future events     8  “The Chronicles of Narnia” author     9  2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy ____   10  Put into words   13  Holy chalice of legend   14  Connect to   15  Shakespearean title character   17 …

On Teaching: Poems by a Teacher

by David Rosenthal   HER GHOST It walks with her to school, floating on a pool of rainbow oil along the gutter floor. It darkens chain-link lace, foreshadowing the face of someone sleeping by a boarded door. It slides past broken panes, and crawls across four lanes of careless traffic on the boulevard, then jumps…

The Music of My Life

The Music of My Life by Josephine W. (4th grade) Sometimes I hear the pitter patter of rain the sad days of rain end with a sigh In the spring I hear the sweet giggling of children the happy day of sunshine ends with a sleepy snore In the summer, I hear the rustle of children…

Analyzing and Writing a Script: A Streetcar Named Desire

by Alice Pencavel Alice Pencavel’s lesson plan uses close reading of A Streetcar Named Desire as a starting point for students to write their own dramatic scenes. If many students are already familiar with Streetcar, choose a different play to teach the same lesson. Grades: High School Lesson Objectives:  To introduce students to the fundamental…

Candles in a Winter Wonderland

Snowballs Throughout the World by Liam (3rd grade) I’m skiing down a mountain. I’m soaring into snow. I’m watching the snowflakes as they fall from the sky. I’m building an ice castle with lots of snow. I’m lighting Hanukkah candles late at night. I’m watching football on TV at night. I’m sipping hot chocolate. I…

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