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Tinted Winter

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Grow Up!

Farewell, 4th Grade!

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Our 10 weeks of poetry flew by far too quickly, and yesterday marked our final 4th grade classes. It’s never easy ending a residency, but we did so the best […]

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Initial Indiegogo campaign goal achieved!

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We are so excited and grateful to have surpassed our initial Indiegogo campaign goal! Thanks to almost 100 donors we are happy to be reaching toward a new stretch goal, […]

Early in the Morning

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Li-Young Lee’s poem “Early in the Morning” tells of what appears to be a mundane daily routine in the lives of a couple, but in the end there is this […]

Hair-ography

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The House on Mango Street is a fairly popular book in Chicago and is taught at both literary organizations and in Chicago Public Schools. The book takes snapshots of Cisneros’ […]

Tinted Winter

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For our penultimate 4th grade class, we traveled back a few months in time for “Very Strong February” by Bernadette Mayer. Now that spring has finally (?) sprung, this quite […]

#sorrynotsorry

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This week found us looking at Martín Espada’s “I Apologize for Giving You Poison Ivy by Smacking You in the Eye with the Crayfish at the End of My Fishing […]

Grow Up!

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Today’s workshop was inspired by Sharon Olds’ “Rite of Passage” which traces the roots of how young people grow up into their possible personalities. So the 8th graders looked back […]

There’s a First Time for Everythang

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This week the 8th graders of Taft read Tim Seibles’s amazing simile explosion “First Kiss.” This poem shows not just the power of a simile, but how it can serve […]

Sayonara, 2nd Grade!

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After twenty inspirational, insightful, incredible, incisive, illuminating, impassioned, and often improvisational weeks of poetry, we had our final 2nd grade classes this week. It’s never easy ending a residency, but […]

History of the Old South

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For this week we discussed a poem by Natasha Trethewey entitled “Southern History.” The poem discusses a student sitting in a history just listening to all the rubbish being spewed […]