Tagged Poetry

I Am a Human Mask

The wonderful art teacher, Ms. Agramonte, arranged for this arts residency for her students’ mask making unit at PS/IS 218 in the Bronx. Lots of fun and deep philosophical discussions went into creating this book, “I am a Human Mask”. The title comes from student Alexander Quito’s poem. With a focus on masks, I visited…

I See My Imagination

This year, the sixth graders in Mary Agramonte’s art class studied mask making. They explored a variety of masks from ancient and modern cultures, including those of Japan, Central and South America, and the native peoples of North America. Then, drawing on these models and their own cultural backgrounds, students created masks that reflected their…

Lives of the Young Poets

 By John Oliver Simon In the winter of 1971, I was subsisting, barely, selling self-printed books of my own poetry along Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. One late night I stumbled into a bar and was greeted by a woman we called Sister Mary, who sported full nun drag with vermilion lipstick, a modest wimple barely…

Welcome to Personification!

By Joanna Fuhrman In this lesson, T&W teaching artist Joanna Fuhrman teaches students about creating poetry that imagines emotions as characters with human traits.  Genre(s) taught: Poetry  Grade(s) taught: 3rd  Download: Welcome to Personification!  Common Core State Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Reading: Literature > Grade 3): CCSS ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words…

This Period of Necessary Creative Plagiarism: A Roundtable on Plagiarism and Intertextuality

In September 2017, The Guardian published an article about poet Ira Lightman’s crusade—some call it a witch hunt—to identify and publicize plagiarism in poetry. As The Guardian profiled Lightman, the “poetry sleuth,” they also revealed his findings: poets Lightman has accused of plagiarism based on the patterns he uncovers. One of the accused, Sheree Mack,…

Years

Years by Amiria (8th grade) The year that had passed Has been a year of heartbreak And shock for the things that May happen to minorities The year where all hope has been loss Even when the people we trust are telling us to hold on The year where people don’t know what to do…

Winter

Winter by Parthiv L. (6th grade) He looked out at the snow and ice, As a cold wind whistled winter Through the door, bringing hope Of making a real-life snowman, A special friend for a lonely boy, At least in his world it was so. He ran out of his room and leapt so High, sliding…

May My Heart Be Strong

Welcome to May My Heart Be Strong, an anthology of writing by the sixth-and seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2016 through February of 2017 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. In Ms. Linehan’s classroom, we used ancient Egyptian poetry to help students…

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