On Blankness (pt. 2)

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It was concluded in class today that boys are gross, but they can also be cute. Mrs. Asvos 7th Grade, 6th Period “On Friendship” Prisila D. Friendship is a temporary […]

On Blankness (pt. 1)

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This week we were looking at Aracelis Girmay’s poem “On Kindness.” I would ask the students afterward to write a list of five abstract ideas (we would help each other […]

Carnival of Animals!

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We will be working in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the spring, we worked on poems that were a response to “The Carnival of Animals.” There is actually […]

He is tiptoeing, he is sneaking… Carnival of the Animals!

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This week I had to distinct pleasure of writing poems to music with the Darwin Elementary 2nd and 3rd Graders. As part of the Poetry Center’s Collaboration with the Chicago […]

Where We’re From: Moos Edition

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This week we read George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From.” Normally, we find ourselves saying things like “I’m from Chicago,” but this poems shows that if you describe all the […]

Where We’re From: Avondale Logandale Edition

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This week we read George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From.” Normally, we find ourselves saying things like “I’m from Chicago,” but this poems shows that if you describe all the […]

Unanswered Questions

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For our final classes of 2014, we read another poem with an unusual title, Randall Mann‘s “?” When it was first distributed, some students asked if the poet had forgotten […]

Home is where I want to be (pt. 2)

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I liked in this batch the glimpses of other countries through the students’ eyes. In the words of another exceptional poet, Elizabeth Lemon, “I want to go to there.” Also, […]

Home is where I want to be (pt. 1)

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This week we are reflecting as honestly as possible on our homes through the lens of Bob Hicock’s “A Primer.” I love BH, and this piece does a great job […]

Similes Gone Wild!

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Last week, we discussed Lucie Thésée‘s poem, “Poem.” When the students received their handouts, many thought it odd that it was titled that way, and I asked why the poet […]