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April is usually crowned month of Poetry. Although its coming to an end but that’s no reason not to still celebrate. Earlier this month the sixteen high schoolers who were the finalists in the […]

Shoesmith 5th & 6th graders became time travelers for their 3rd week of poetry. We explored how to use our five senses (touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight) to recall memories. Week 3’s theme […]

For their 7th poetry session Hamline 6th graders dappled with magic and spells. I asked if they could create a magical potion, what would you use it for and why? The majority of students […]

For their 5 week of poetry, Twain 6th graders went through a transformation. I asked students if they could change and become one thing, what would it be? The responses were awesome: a taco, […]

Last week on Friday, 5th and 6th graders didn’t just have their 2nd week of poetry, but it was also Spring Picture Day. Students were dressed to impress in vibrant colors: pinks, yellows, blues, […]

For their 6th poetry session Hamline 6th graders explored persona poetry. I asked students to imagine seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. The word persona refers to the mask actors wore in ancient […]

For our 4th week of poetry, Twain 6th graders explored ideas about technology and its positive and negative influences on our daily lives. Students mentioned positive things about technology such as phone alarms to […]

It’s exciting to be back at Shoesmith again. I saw familiar faces, met new students, and was greeted warmly by teachers and staff. Last Friday for their first session of poetry, 5th and 6th […]

Twain 6th graders not only traveled back in time for their third week of poetry, they also welcomed the solar eclipse. All the students, teachers, and staff at Twain stood in the playground and […]

This week all Hamline 6th graders could talk about is the solar eclipse that’s happening on Monday, April 8th. During an eclipse the moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, which will block […]


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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.