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It Takes a Village…and the Village Gotta Eat

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Last Friday, I returned to DuBois Elementary eager after not seeing the students for two weeks. Post-holiday, we approached writing about the pursuit of happiness by way of two of […]

‘the/Girl with the maroon dress/And as she said yes…’: Narrative & Memory

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This week’s lesson was sparked by Gary Soto’s wonderful poem ‘Oranges’ which details a pre-teen couple’s date on a cold December day.  This served as the class’s jumping off point […]

You Are Like the Start of a New Day: And Other Comparisons @ Avondale Logandale

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For our third week at Moos the students created sound collages (in the form of poems, of course) of their lives. AKA: a sound portrait! For these first five weeks […]

Music is Like a Breeze in the Trees: Comparisons @ Moos Elementary

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This week students learned about comparisons, and specifically similes. The 3rd graders made the astute observation that a simile is interesting because the two things being compared a different enough […]

Mi mamá escuchando la radio: The Sounds We Hear @ Darwin Elementary

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For our third poetry session, the Darwin second graders and I discussed… bum ba da bum… sound! We talked about how using sounds can create a richness in your writing, […]

Bless You

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In his poem, “A Blessing,” James Wright tells the relatively simple story of two people and their encounter with a pair of ponies. What is really interesting is how little […]

Tyehimba Jess & Aricka Foreman to Read Dec.14

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Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at City Lit for the December installment of the Six Points Reading Series! In 2016 we continue to move to a variety of rotating […]

I Wish My Dog Would Give Me Bacon: And Other Wishes at Avondale Logandale

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The residency begins! The first week we have lots to talk about—what is a poem, anyway? Why are poetic lines different? This year at Avondale Logandale we are working with […]

I Wish A Bird Can Dance At A Party With Me: Moos Wishes

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The residency begins! The first week we have lots to talk about—what is a poem, anyway? Why are poetic lines different? This year at Moos we are working with 2nd […]

The Ocean is Like the Wind: 2nd Grade Similes at Darwin

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For our second poetry session together, the second graders and I worked on similes. We spent a while discussing what makes a simile exciting: that the two things don’t seem […]