Tagged Common Core

Ain’t I a Teacher?
Teaching Persuasive Writing Inspired by Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”

EXPLODED LESSON PLAN   High school students are at an age where they are becoming increasingly aware of the social and political realities of the world, and beginning to understand how these connect to the injustices they see and experience in their own lives. This exercise from T&W teaching artist Bushra Rehman uses the revolutionary voice of Sojourner…

DEAR FUTURE: HERE IS HOME

LESSON PLAN   To help young writers learn to engage a reader, Teachers & Writers Collaborative teaching artist Arhm Choi takes a different tack: old fashioned letter writing. In this multi-modal lesson, young writers focus on what makes a detail compelling—and what brings writing alive—all while highlighting the idea of writing as a lasting form…

Change It Up

LESSON PLAN   In this lesson plan aimed at 4th graders, Teachers & Writers teaching artist Susanna Horng offers a fresh way to introduce young writers to the pleasures of revision. By looking at rewriting through the lens of genre instead of just “fixing” what has already been done, young writers get to experiment with…

Empathy and the Persona Poem

LESSON PLAN   Poet, composer, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative teaching artist Janice Lowe brings historical context to this lesson on narrative—connecting the persona poem to the Civil War, slavery, and the amazing story of a formerly enslaved Union Soldier. This lesson does include intense content, and might be best dovetailed with Social Studies lessons…

BE IN LOVE WITH YOUR LIFE. EVERY DETAIL OF IT.

LESSON PLAN   Vanessa Mártir, author, activist, and Teachers & Writers teaching artist, uses the incredible life story of Catherine Ferguson—a former slave and a famous baker—to teach young writers about the power and importance of details in a great lesson on autobiography. Although initially aimed at 4th graders, this vibrant lesson plan offers empowerment…

Getting Creative with the Common Core

FROM THE ARCHIVE   How To “How To” A Versatile Form Encourages Creative Writing Across the Curriculum by Olivia Birdsall From:Teachers & Writers Magazine(Winter 2013-2014, Volume 45, Number 2) Download Archived Article    It is a truth universally acknowledged that we all know how to do stuff.  Whether it’s tying our shoelaces, keeping a houseplant…

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