A Flower of Your Own Making

The students and I had a tradition in our poetry classes. Before we began reading and writing each day, we made sure to first “turn on our imaginations” by flipping the invisible switch on our heads, or pushing the invisible buttons on our chest, or cranking the invisible lever on our back. Each student had…

Inside the Box, a Tiger

It’s been a delight to continue working with the students and faculty at PS188Q this year. This year I directed our focus towards finding freedom within form, or rather, exploring the ways in which artistic constraints can encourage creativity. We became poetic formalists this year, learning about rhyme scheme, odes, ballads, sonnets and sestinas. Through…

The Queen of Quiet

Welcome into the magical realm of The Queen of Quiet, an anthology of poetry by the talented second-grade poets of PS 51. Have you activated your imagination yet? Simply turn the invisible switch beside your eyes, or invent your own method on the spot! The important thing is to remember that anything is possible in…

The Untold Truth About 5th Grade

“Life is always hard, but when I started writing, I felt something different, something changed.” ~ Valery L., Ms. Chat’s class The Untold Truth About 5th Grade: Essays is an anthology of research-based essays written by the fifth-grade students of P.S. 90. The title is sprung from a cheeky cohort of students looking to delight…

Exploring Writing through Comics

By Jason DeHart In my experience as a middle school teacher, I often found that some students were hesitant to engage with the written page, either as readers or writers. On the other hand, colorful characters and even segments from popular superhero movies were almost always uniquely engaging for students. Comic books and heroic characters…

International High School and Teachers & Writers Collaborative

The students in the Creative Writing Club at International High School at Union Square are from all over the world. Of the club’s twelve regular members, at least seven different countries of origin are represented (according to my unofficial tally). Some students arrived to the United States as recently as six months ago, and some more than a decade ago….

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…

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