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This past week at Sayre the 7th grade students identified how they feel throughout their day, especially how these feelings change at different times during the day and on different days during the week. […]

For our 4th week of poetry at Sayre with the 7th graders, their prompt was to write to something bigger than themselves like a star. We reviewed similes, learned the definition of personification, and […]

This past week at Waters Elementary, Mr. Raman’s 8th graders used similes to imaginatively transform everyday classroom objects into things outside the classroom: hair clips became plants, water bottles—mountains, paper—the wind, and desks became […]

For our third week with the 7th graders at Sayre we used simile to transform everyday classroom objects into… anything our imaginations conjured! Our reference poem was “Paper clip” by Valerie Worth, in which […]

During our second week of poetry at Sayre we focused on writing detailed imagery of familiar objects and our favorite foods. We started by writing collaborative descriptions of objects, expanding on the descriptions using […]

For Sayre’s 7th graders’ first week of poetry lessons, we focused on what poetry (or their chosen art/music/activity) can or cannot do, reading “what can a poem do?” by Darius V. Daughtery for inspiration. […]


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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.