Personification Poems

Former T&W teaching artist Ted Meyer encourages young writers to extend the limits of who they can be in their writing in this poetry lesson. Students learn about personification and how this can spice up the “who, what, where, when, why, how” way of writing. Learning about new kinds of characters, students are able to…

Young Writers of the World: Wasila

Wasila is ten years old and in the fifth grade in a New York City public school in the Bronx, where she lives with her parents and five brothers. This winter she was in a creative writing class taught by T&W teaching artist Ibi Zoboi. She spoke with Susan Karwoska on a cold and windy…

TATIP Teaching Artist Spotlight: Martin Urbach

The “TATIP Cohort” is part of Community-Word Project’s eight-month Teaching Artist Training and Internship Program (TATIP). This select group of New York City arts education organizations is a partnership initiative to expand professional development not only for the TATIP students, but also for teaching artists working with these organizations. Our mission is to combine efforts…

Lie Poem Lesson Plan

Author, artist, and T&W writer-in-residence Sarah Porter uses a seventh-grade poetry class to teach common logical fallacies. After reading a list of different fallacies, the class becomes better acquainted with them by writing “lie Poems.” This lesson plan offers a fun, no-stress way to gain skills these students can employ throughout their academic careers. Grade(s)…

Young Writers of the World: Aminata

Aminata is the youngest of four children, and lives with her parents, originally from Senegal, in the Bronx, where she is a fifth-grader at a New York City public school.  She loves playing games on her phone, and was a student in T&W teaching artist Ibi Zoboi’s creative writing class this winter.  In an interview…

Conversation Poems

  Dean Kostos, poet, memoirist, translator, and T&W teaching artist, connects history to the present in this lesson on conversation poems featuring Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.   Grade(s) taught: 6th–8th Genre(s) taught: Poetry Download: Conversation Poems  Common Core State Standards: (Refer to English Language Arts Standards > History/Social Studies > Grades 6–8) ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of IS 392

To the students of IS 392K (from the introduction to the anthology So Much Depends Upon Stretching Your Positivity) So much depends upon the words gathered here in this collection of your work. This collection of poems means that we worked together on something bigger than ourselves. This collection of poems was “born” from passing…

TATIP Teaching Artist Spotlight: Amina Henry

The “TATIP Cohort” is part of Community-Word Project’s eight-month Teaching Artist Training and Internship Program (TATIP). This select group of New York City arts education organizations is a partnership initiative to expand professional development not only for the TATIP students, but also for teaching artists working with these organizations. Our mission is to combine efforts to better prepare artists to…

Making a Poem Hum

In “Making a Poem Hum,” Terri Glass shares her lesson plan for engaging third- through sixth-graders in creating poems that combine sound and image. The lesson plan comes from Poetry Crossing: 50+ Lessons for 50 Years of California Poets in the Schools. T&W is pleased to work with our California colleagues to share lesson plans from…

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