Writing With Serenity 

By Nancy Barnhart Serenity was her name. She was five years old and named after the Serenity Prayer, words I imagine countless Houstonians recited as a daily, sometimes hourly, mantra as we faced epic flooding in our city: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I…

Creating a Refuge with Stories

By Joshua Nguyen I originally came back to Houston the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit because of a Coldplay concert. I was planning to surprise my partner with the tickets, but the concert was soon cancelled when the storm began to bear down on the city. I was staying at my partner’s apartment near the Museum District,…

Rants: Not Just for Complaining!

by Erika Luckert  In Erika Luckert’s lesson plan, students explore “ranting” as a practice for relieving emotional angst and building an argument. Grade: 7th Genre(s): Poetry and prose Download: Rants: Not Just for Complaining!   Common Core State Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 7):  ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3.A: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a…

Figurative Writing: A Lesson on Alliteration

By Laura Campbell-Lui Laura Campbell-Lui teaches for the New York City Department of Education, teaching students who have been identified to receive remedial support. In this lesson plan, she introduces fifth-graders to alliteration. This lesson plan is designed for struggling students, but it can be adapted and made more complex. For example, it might be…

50th Stories: On Gratitude

By Nicole Callihan I was twenty-two, and I was finally in New York City. I remember walking up Broadway and smiling at people: the deli guy arranging roses in green buckets, the line cook taking a smoke on his lunchbreak, a young woman with a bun and legwarmers, clearly rushing to rehearse Swan Lake, the…

Who Are You, Scared O?

Who Are You, Scared O? By Elisia Z. A small little orange guy With a green stick Shaking, shaking, full of fear. Why little guy, why are you shaking, shaking? The thankful Thanksgiving day is coming, coming, coming. You should be happy with joy, bouncing, bouncing, bouncing. That’s what you should be. Answer, answer, answer me….

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