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Nixon students asked questions and turned them into poems! Questions with answers, questions without answers, and questions that lead to more questions: La Vida by Esteban C. La vida tiene momentos felice y tristes. […]

The Nixon poets wrote poems grounded in the concept of similes: comparing two unlike things (using the words “like” or “as.” The results were terrific: Perfume by Alexis C. Perfume smells like heaven. It […]

Part 2 of our poetry comics unit rounded out this year’s 5th grade residency at Burbank! Here are some of the incredible multimedia poems by our students: Anhi M. Ethan F. Kevin M. Armani […]

For our final two weeks of the Burbank Elementary Chicago Poetry Center residency, we created poetry comics using the poems we’d written throughout the semester as the inspiration for this experiment in graphic poetry […]

For week twelve, our Burbank poets studied Francisco X. Alarcon’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon / El lunes me siento como un dragón” in both English and Spanish. We analyzed how the […]

In week ten we wrote “Snow Day” poems, based on a lesson by Chasity Gunn. First we read “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost and talked about what snowy days […]

In week nine, we read the poem “One Vote” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and talked about how one small decision can make a big difference over time, adding up into the people we become. Food […]

In week eight of the residency, we wrote poems about the idea and experience of Community: what it means to us to be a part of a community, who is a part of our […]

In week seven of the residency, we built on our previous week’s exploration of using our five senses to evoke memories, and used that to understand the concept of “Show Don’t Tell.” In other […]

This week our students wrote about memories using their five senses to describe moments they’ve experienced that have made an impact on them. We prepared to write our own poems by reading the model […]


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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.