Tagged Poetry

How Did You Get Here: Richard Lewis’ Fifty Years of Teaching Children Poetry, And Being Taught By Them

by Robert Hirschfield     Picking at the             soil            grains     of my childhood            play    a little longer   Richard Lewis, 83, left his door open for me. It is on the fourth floor of a strange old office building in Astoria, Queens that houses three funeral parlors and a museum. Short,…

Preparing to Perform: Practicing Peer Feedback

by Erika Luckert At the end of most T&W programs, we hold a celebration that launches an anthology of student work and features performances of poems by a selection of student readers. While not every student will perform their work onstage, it’s important to me as an educator that every student feels a part of…

Sports Poems

by Erika Luckert We rarely think of sports as a subject for poetry, and yet, when I speak to devoted sports fans or athletes about their passions, they invariably wax poetic. I recently taught a residency at a middle school where one of the most impressive poems was written by an avid sports fan, Julio….

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…

Other Portraits

Self Portrait as Book by Mikaela (8th grade) I am an open book. I am a figure of my author’s imagination or a special memory. I am full of pages and pages of written adventure. Thrilling, fun, freedom are printed on each page. I am unique. My story is unlike any others. I know the…

Poetic Sampling

by Erika Luckert Last year, I facilitated a roundtable discussion on plagiarism and intertextuality in poetry, where a group of teachers and writers talked about the way we use other texts to inspire and fuel our writing. As we talked, we realized that what might be called plagiarism in a formal essay is sometimes a…

A Collection of Haikus

Haiku of Peace by Peter E. (6th grade) A bark for a bite. Just a bullet for a life. A hug ends it all.   Helpful Haiku by Aydin A. (6th grade) Here is a haiku There’s seven syllables here And there is five here   Earth by Eleanor F. (6th grade) The cold moon…

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