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So, we’ve started telling stories.. now we’re making the stories come to life! Setting and context are just as important as the stories themselves, and one of the best ode-writers helps us out in […]

We’re getting into the thick of it at Washington! As we wrap up our first unit of this year with a review on metaphor, we enter into one on performance. My life as a […]

“do you know what it’s like to live someplace that loves you back?” – Danez Smith, “summer, somewhere” We often use art, and specifically poetry, to help process the more difficult things of life. […]

After stepping into the world of metaphor, we got the chance to explore it a bit more in Week 3 at Washington with persona and personification! We’ll spend a lot of time in our […]

Our first unit at Washington introduces us to metaphor and simile, which may be the most important part of creative writing! To kick us off, Week 2 at Washington started with the first slam […]

George Washington Elementary down in Hegewisch is more than special to me. It was the first school that I was assigned to as a poet-in-residence with the Chicago Poetry Center, and in many ways, […]

Taking our learnings on comparative language a little further, we explored metaphor through personification and persona this week. First, we watched Sam Mercer become The Hulk and painstakingly try to perfect an omelet In […]

During my senior year of high school, our brand new poetry slam team watched Mike Taylor’s Thinking About You from the Brave New Voices Poetry Festival. Until recently, I’d only seen poetry slam used […]

We kicked off the year with a look at Gwendolyn Brooks’ We Real Cool, complimented by a wonderful video by Crescendo Literary & Manual Cinema that updates & reimagines the classic piece, including a […]

Time was truly tested this week. After several days of testing with shifted schedules, our class went at a much faster pace with more energy and less class time. Regardless, we had the same […]


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