Last week at South Loop Poetry Club, we continued our study of the senses and read “Fried Chicken” by Kwame Alexander to inspire us to write about how tasty our favorite foods are. Please […]

This week Ms. Murray’s 4th graders got to work on sound poems. We discussed all the different things that we hear in the various environments we live in. We talked about what we hear […]

The 8th graders at Sayre Language Academy kicked off their residency with some powerful introductions, see for yourself! We watched I Am Limitless by Lina Abojaradeh and took inspiration from how she defines herself. […]

Help Support Poetry Programs for over 2,500 students! Big news: it’s the final day of our auction! (Auction closes at 10PM CT!) We’re excited to be auctioning dozens of great bundles ranging in interest, […]

For our final poem of the residency, the 4th graders at Smyser tackled love poems, but not your ordinary love poem. We read “Love Letter” by Nathalie Handal and analyzed the form she used […]

Students read, ‘Thinking About You’ by Mike Taylor before writing their own simile-filled poems! Lesson Note: “You don’t need permission to make your art. No one needs an artistic license or a permit to […]

Get ready for a rainbow of poetry! First graders have been talking more and more about what makes poetry poetry. In Monday’s class, we talked about how poetry can be a way of playing […]

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words….and writers of ekphrastic poetry would probably agree! Ekphrastic poems are poems written in response to an image, often a work of art. So for […]

Students read the poem, ‘Truth Serum’ by Naomi Shihab Nye before writing their own potion-themed poems. Lesson Note: “I respect anyone who’s pulled an idea out of their brain and fully brought it to life. […]

We had a fantastic revision party today! We talked about various revision techniques (including talking about if we had kiki or bouba poems!). Each student chose a poem they were interested in continuing to […]

Students read ‘Truth Serum’ by Naomi Shihab Nye before penning their own potion and recipe poems. Students discussed TRUTH, LIES and how both can sometimes hurt and often STINK to high heaven! Lesson Note: […]

For our third sessions together, Swift 2nd and 3rd graders explored sound. We talked about the word, explore, and tried to compare being an explorer in nature to being an explorer of poetry. We […]

Last week at South Loop Poetry Club, our poets read “The Texture Of Your Soul” by Linda Winchell, using feelings as sensory intrigue to represent our feelings as emotions. We got out the markers […]

This week the 4th graders at Smyer wowed me with their visual poems. See for yourself! Ms. Erzumly’s Class:  Audrey, Raven, Santiago, Maya, Anonymous   Ms. Edward’s Class:  Samuel, Daniel, Erica, Tara, Grace   […]

We had a fantastic revision party today! We talked about various revision techniques (including talking about if we had kiki or bouba poems!). Each student chose a poem they were interested in continuing to […]

Do you like loud sounds or quiet sounds? We wrote noisy poems today! Students drew and wrote about loud and quiet sounds, and worked on writing out some of the letters that connect to […]

We had a great time in Kindergarten today! We read an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.” We talked about things were afraid of and and how we can be brave. […]

Students read Truth Serum by Naomi Shihab Nye before penning their own special recipes and serums via poetry! Lesson Note: “When you put something out there onto a piece of paper, what you’ve actually done is […]

For our second week, we read “On Quiet Feet” by Nikki Grimes. Students noticed how different it looked from last week’s selection, being only a single stanza and with much shorter lines. We decided […]

Our 2nd sessions this year coincided with International Assembly Day at Swift!  So many students were participating in cultural performances including dances, songs, and fashion presentations.  There was a lot going on, but we […]

This week we got started with Ms. Murray’s 4th grade class at Perez Elementary. After some short introductions, we talked a little bit about what poems are, and how they can make us feel. […]

For this week’s session with Mr Reinhold’t 7th graders we read Nikki Giovanni’s classic piece Ego Trippin’. We talked a little bit about the idea of celebrating ourselves and some of the ways that […]

Students wrote and talked about kindness before reading the poem, ‘Small Kindnesses’ by Denusha Lameris. In crafting their own poems, students focused on one idea, one stanza, and small ways they have been kind […]

Today’s poems are inspired by fellow CPC poet-in-residence Fullamusu Bangura’s poem, “Chicago.” We talked about how poems are made up of “lines” and noticed that each line in “Chicago” was created using only two […]

‘I celebrate and sing myself…’-Walt Whitman. Students explored names through a series of prompts, which began with reading the poem, ‘a girl named jack’ by Jaqueline Woodson. What occurs in the naming of someone […]


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“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.