Tagged Cross-Curricular

Thankful

T&W writer David Surface collaborated with 6th-grade students at IS 187, Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan through several writing projects designed to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. Using ancient Sumerian sculptures of battle scenes as a starting point, students were asked: Why did the…

Math Meets Verse: Counting, Decoding, & Rhythm

by Alice Pencavel T&W teaching Alice Pencavel offers a lesson plan that lets students connect language and equation, demystifies difficult language with concrete numbers and rhythms, and fosters collaboration among students. In so doing, the lesson elicits a physical pleasure associated with Shakespeare. Guiding Questions:  What feelings arise from the music? How fast/slow is it?…

Teaching Across the Curriculum: Reflections on Combining Creative Writing with Science

During the 2011–2012 school year, Teachers & Writers Collaborative partnered with Children First Network 534—a Bronx-based grouping of 33 public schools—to provide twelve writing programs in eight middle schools in Queens and the Bronx. With generous support from the New York Community Trust’s “Beyond Teaching to the Test” initiative, T&W writers taught fiction, poetry, and…

Everybody Writes! We Write the Myths

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 6th-grade students and Bronx Park teachers. I visited the 6th-grade classes during their unit on Mythology. We talked about the way that myths are passed through time, the way…

Everybody Writes! It’s a Mystery…

This anthology is the 2nd of 3 anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 7th Grade and ELL (English Language Learner) students. I visited the 7th grade classes during their Murder Mystery unit. In our time together, we talked a lot…

Everybody Writes! In the Jungle

This is one of three anthologies that gather the creative work that Bronx Park students and teachers created during this residency; it features the work of 8th-grade students. I visited the 8th-grade classes during their narrative writing unit. They had read adventure stories—Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt, and were working…

As If We Were Gods

As If We Were Gods is an anthology of writing by the seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2017 through March of 2018 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the Spanish conquest of the Native…

I Am Here To Win

 I Am Here To Win is an anthology of writing by the sixth-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. The goal of this residency was to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. One of the best ways to understand any civilization is through their…

Words, Images and Music: How We Enter

2018 Winner of the Bechtel Prize By Julie Landsman Author and T&W Board member Tayari Jones selected Julie Landsman’s essay “Words, Images, and Music: How We Enter” as the 2018 Bechtel Prize winner. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores themes related to creative writing,…

Music and Memory: A Conversation with Julie Landsman

By Wynne Kontos Julie Landsman is a writer, a painter, and an educator who spent thirty years in the public school system and now dedicates her time to the elder population facing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Landsman’s Bechtel Prize–winning piece, “Words, Images and Music: How We Enter,” chronicles her life as both an educator and a…

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