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On week six of the residency, we built on the past two weeks of lessons on Comparisons and Similes to write odes to some of our favorite things. In doing so, we studied the […]

In weeks four and five of our Burbank residency, we expanded on our understanding of similes by thinking about the qualities and attributes of various objects and people that we interact with in our […]

On week three at Burbank Elementary, we wrote poems grounded in the concept of similes: comparing two unlike things (using the words “like” or “as.” The results were spectacular: Poems by Mia   A […]

On Week two of Burbank Elementary’s Hands on Stanzas residency, we wrote poems about the sounds we hear in the different spaces and places where we live: at home, at school, and outside. Sound […]

Starting out our poetry residency at Burbank Elementary, student poets used their imagination to create wish poems, inspired by the model poem “I Wish” by Beth S. (a previous Hands On Stanzas student). Students […]

Nixon 4th and 5th grade after-school students wrote poems inspired by Francisco X. Alarcón’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon/El lunes me siento como un dragón.” As a group we continued learning about […]


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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.