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This week for poetry club at Clissold we focused on writing poems about ourselves. We read Leslie Reese’s poem I Am and talked about stanzas and lines and how to use them in our […]

This week we got started on poems using personification as a device in our poems. We read “A Lament” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and talked about how we could give human qualities to things […]

One of my favorite things to write about with students is food! It provides such a great way to engage all of our senses and bring a poem to life. We got started by […]

This week  Mr. Reinholdt’s 7th grade class wrapped up writing their “I Am” poems inspired by Nikki Giovanni’s Ego Trippin’. We also took some time to look over the poems that have been published […]

To start off our first week at Clissold’d after school poetry club we talked about some of the different things that poems can do. This is a brief list of what the amazing 1st, […]

I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so sunny and warm for today’s session with Mr. Reinholdt’s 7th graders, but decided it was still a great day for a snowball fight! Inspired by a […]

This week in Ms. Murray’s 4th grade class we read My Dad by Ashley Bryan. We talked about how the short lines of the poem helped to give it a rhythm, and while it […]

This week Ms. Murray’s 4th graders got to work on sound poems. We discussed all the different things that we hear in the various environments we live in. We talked about what we hear […]

This week we got started with Ms. Murray’s 4th grade class at Perez Elementary. After some short introductions, we talked a little bit about what poems are, and how they can make us feel. […]

For this week’s session with Mr Reinhold’t 7th graders we read Nikki Giovanni’s classic piece Ego Trippin’. We talked a little bit about the idea of celebrating ourselves and some of the ways that […]


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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.