Personification and War Poetry

Poet, novelist, and T&W teaching artist Bushra Rehman takes a poetry lesson above and beyond a simple introduction to literary devices in this lesson plan based on Dunya Mikhail’s “The War Works Hard.”  The class analyzes both the mechanics of the poem and how the author uses them to strengthen her messages, giving students a…

Interdisciplinary Arts Education with Maria Schirmer

Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, interviewed teaching artists who took part in the TATIP* program. Maria Schirmer, an interdisciplinary artist working with Community-Word Project, attended the Universal Design for Learning and Teaching for Special Needs workshop facilitated by Philip Alexander of Brooklyn Arts Council and Martin Urbach of Marquis…

The Sumerian King

Ekphrastic Sevenling poems after visiting the Ancient Near Eastern art exhibt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art   He Saw It Happen by Lauren Cuda (6th grade) He saw three things happen— People giving him sight, The parish of those people, and the sky He lived for the sky Now he lives for the museum He lives…

The Slow Fuse of the Possible

by Maxine Greene I think most of you know about my ongoing obsessions and about how difficult it is for me to stop obsessing. Many of you also know that for a long time, in addition to what we call “doing philosophy,” I’ve been very involved with the arts. Among the things I worry about…

TATIP Teaching Artist Spotlight: Jose Lopez

  Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, interviewed teaching artists who take part in the TATIP* program. Jose Lopez, a full-time English teacher and volunteer with House of Roses Volunteer Dance Company, attended the Movement seminar facilitated by Jenn Eisenberg and Emily Meisner of the National Dance Institute. Teachers…

List Poems Inspired by Daily Life

  In this poetry lesson T&W writer in residence Melanie M. Goodreaux-Fiedler encourages students to draw inspiration from their daily lives. Following a reading of a Walt Whitman’s “There was a Child went Forth” from Leaves of Grass, students think about what they have seen that becomes part of them, and practice describing these things…

Anti-Gun Violence Initiative: Speaking for Others

In this lesson, T&W teaching artist David Surface uses photographic images related to different aspects of gun violence to inspire 5th-grade students to create monologues or “persona poems” expressing a variety of viewpoints and perspectives surrounding the issue of gun violence. Genre(s) taught: Poetry, prose, monologues Grade(s) taught: 5th Download: Anti-Gun Violence Initiative: Speaking for…

Visions: Poetry Out Loud

Visions: Poetry Out Loud is a poetry anthology from workshops held in the spring of 2016 at VISIONS at Selis Manor, a nonprofit adapted learning environment and meeting place for blind youth, adults, and seniors. Teachers & Writers Collaborative was pleased to partner with VISIONS to present Poetry Out Loud for Seniors, a workshop series in which adults explored classic and…

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