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Last week, 7th graders at Peterson wrote poems on what their ideal day would look like based off the concept of reclaiming their identities. For their anchor poem, we read “After God Herself” by […]

Last week at Peterson, we read “And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and discussed what it is that Maya Angelou was rising up from and what does it mean to continue “rising” for […]

The other week at Peterson 7th Grade, we read “self-portrait with dirty hair” by Safia Elhillo, a Sudanese-American poet from Maryland. As a class, we talked about what makes a self-portrait and how we […]

The other week at Peterson, we read and watched a performance of “Explaining my Depression to my Mother” by Sabrina Benaim. As we discussed what makes spoken word different than written poetry, we also […]

Right after the winter break, we warmed up with a humorous yet heartfelt poem called “Daddy Dozens”. Written by the Chicago namesake, Jamila Woods, students used “Daddy Dozens” as an anchor poem to write […]

Last week, we learned about stanzas and repetition through the reading of a “Litany for Survival” by feminist, activist writer, Audre Lorde. Students wrote their own poem on survival from the perspective of the […]

Last week, we learned about dialect and line breaks using feminist playwright and author Ntozoke Shange’s poem “okra to greens/”. Students wrote their own poem comparing and contrasting two different foods while we talked […]

Last week, we wrote poems inspired by Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” starting with the line “you do not have to be good” to explore the idea of goodness, and having agency over ones’ own […]


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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.”
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“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
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