THE CHURCHILL STYLE

T&W teaching artist Liz Arnold introduces a fresh perspective on a well-known historical figure and a new method of characterization in this lesson plan. The result is a unique exercise that excites students to practice informational reading as they develop their creative writing skills and provides a well-rounded and fun cross-curricular activity.  Grade(s) Taught: 7th …

Just Write

By Sarah Dickenson Snyder  In my middle-school writing classroom, songs usher in the students. I had always wanted to mimic my art teacher colleagues and their classroom-entering routine: kids walk in, find the piece they’ve been working on (clay pot, oil painting, charcoal drawing), and begin working. No waiting for everyone to arrive, no wasted…

Travel Poetry

Poet-in-residence Dean Kostos brings middle-schoolers into the process of crafting the elusive “voice” students hear so much about. By considering poet May Swenson’s choices in form and use of literary devices, students see how one author developed her voice unconventionally, and how they themselves can play with the rules of writing to develop a voice…

The Wide Dirt Road

The Wide Dirt Road by Franklin (2nd grade) so much depends upon a wide dirt road covered with sand and gravel, lined with wooden sticks, and carrying farm delivery trucks away to the city.   2015 To Write is to Live PS 153 Manhattan Edited by Noemí Martínez Cress, writer‐in‐residence  

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…

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