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[love is a peace that won’t let rest]: Parting Words at Taft (#2)

As I wrap up my residency at Taft High School with their 8th Grade students, I have tremendous hope for our future. Surprised? Don’t be. 8 weeks ago, I entered […]

Mixed Media #2: The Big Ask

We began class with a few rounds of Rapid Fire Questions, where one student was timed for 30 seconds and asked to respond to a string of random questions about […]

Mixed Media #1: Headline Poems

Extra! Extra! In this lesson we looked at Headlines poems, and discussed mash up vs. cut up poems–finding poetry in the oddest places.  We then turned our attention to the […]

‘If the bird is being blue or singing,’ Shakespearean Sonnets at Taft

A long time ago , in a galaxy, NOT so far away…Shakespeare! This was our week to wrestle with The Bard, and it was a bold crew of pre-Spring Break […]

Why? Because.

Because of testing some classes ran long and some short, but that didn’t stop Taft 8th Graders from penning their own ‘Because’ poem using Yannis Ritsos’ List Poem, ‘Because’  as a […]

‘/unhappy with tranquility/’: Emily Dickenson visits Taft

For a first poem with rhyme, Ms. Taylor’s 8th Graders took a look at ‘I’m Nobody! Who are you?’ by Emily Dickenson. We talked about the internal rhyme, to whom and […]

‘Like a coconut in a bank vault’ : Group Similes at Taft

To address Simile (made up of the Tenor and the Vehicle) and the senses,  I read the 8th Graders, Sweet Like A Crow by Michael Ondaatje. Before that, students took a stab at […]

‘Deep Dish Love’: Food & Memory at Taft

My second poetry workshop with Ms. Taylor’s 8th Grade class, had us busy, busy, busy. We read the Narrative Poem, Oranges by Mexican-American, poet, Gary Soto, then discussed the poem’s wonderful metaphors, […]

M&Ms and Imagist Poems at Taft

On my first week with them, Ms. Taylor’s 8th Grade class dove right into creating Imagist-style poems, patterned after The Locust Tree In Flower by  country doctor and poet, William Carlos […]

Are You Smarter Than A 7th Grader? Parting Words at Taft (#1)

Believe it or not, we wrapped it up, last Tuesday for Ms. Munoz’s 7th Grade classroom in our exploration of: “Writer Who Are You: Identity Through Poetry.” Over the past 10 weeks […]