Detailed Memories: Emotions Triggered by an Object or Event

High school students are encouraged to incorporate sensory details in their writing in “Detailed Memories: Emotions Triggered by an Object or Event.” Shelley Savren’s lesson plan comes from Poetry Crossing: 50+ Lessons for 50 Years of California Poets in the Schools. Shelley Savren’s poetry books are The Common Fire and The Wild Shine of Oranges….

Creative Expression: An Interview with Philip Berezney

  Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, is interviewing teaching artists who take part in the TATIP* program. Philip Berezney, a multi-disciplinary artist working with Grand St. Settlement, 92nd Street Y, and Wingspan Arts attended the Teaching for English Language Learners seminar facilitated by Holly Fairbank of Center…

When The Sun Rises

When The Sun Rises By Bobbi-Marie (8th Grade) When the sun rises People like to wake up like a bird. When the sun rises The moon says, “Goodbye” Like it is never going to come back. When the sun rises The birds start to sing as the Flowers start to grow. When the sun rises…

Loud and Open on the Page: Interview with Thomas Sayers Ellis

An Interview with Thomas Sayers Ellis by Christian McEwen In 2015, Bauhan Publishing released Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, a collection of interviews with superb contemporary poets by writer and teaching artist Christian McEwen. In this, the final excerpt from the book to appear in Teachers & Writers Magazine, McEwen talks…

Dream Poems with Joanna Fuhrman

  Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, is interviewing teaching artists who take part in the TATIP* program. Joanna Fuhrman, a poet teaching with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, attended the Teaching Visual Arts and Creative Writing Workshops seminar facilitated by Kai Fierle-Hedrick of FreeArts NYC and Sarah Dohrmann…

Ruby: On Not Editing Children

by Barbara Feinberg From: Teachers & Writers Magazine (2011, Vol. 42, No. 4) Download: Ruby: On Not Editing Children One day, many years ago, when she was about nine, my daughter proudly handed me a story she’d written. She liked to write, and was in the habit of scribbling down stories, or parts of stories. She had…

Dance in the Classroom: Interview with Jenn Eisenberg

  Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, is interviewing teaching artists who take part in the TATIP** program. Jenn Eisenberg, a teaching artist with the National Dance Institute (NDI), facilitated TATIP’s Movement Seminar, alongside NDI’s director of professional development, Emily Meisner. Teachers & Writers: When you are in…

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…

Using Music: An Interview with Martin Urbach

  Sarah Guayante, a student at St. John’s University and a T&W editorial intern, is interviewing teaching artists who take part in the TATIP* program. Martin Urbach, a percussionist who used to teach at Marquis Studios and now teaches full-time, facilitated the TATIP elective seminar on Teaching for Special Needs and Universal Design alongside Phil…

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