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First graders are strong, powerful, and fearless! (Well… most of the time!) We learned about amazing poet Maya Angelou and listened to her read from a poem she wrote “for all children who whistle […]

Get ready for a rainbow of poetry! First graders have been talking more and more about what makes poetry poetry. In Monday’s class, we talked about how poetry can be a way of playing […]

Do you like loud sounds or quiet sounds? We wrote noisy poems today! Students drew and wrote about loud and quiet sounds, and worked on writing out some of the letters that connect to […]

Today’s poems are inspired by fellow CPC poet-in-residence Fullamusu Bangura’s poem, “Chicago.” We talked about how poems are made up of “lines” and noticed that each line in “Chicago” was created using only two […]

After a long break from poetry, Brennemann’s first graders had lots of ideas to share about what happens in winter. These poems are filled with sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and smells from the coldest […]

Today at Brennemann, our first grade classes were full of animals and emotions! We read Francisco Alarcón’s poem, “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon / El lunes me siento como un dragón”. We […]

Today first graders at Brennemann imagined a world they would want to live in. Would you want to live in these worlds of wishes and dreams? [Note: Each poem is a collaboration between students […]

First graders at Brenneman had an exciting first poetry lesson! We read the poem “Fried Chicken,” by Kwame Alexander, who writes that his grandmother’s fried chicken is so good it tastes like pieces of […]

Greetings West Park poetry friends and followers! During our final meeting together, students celebrated their work by sharing  poems out loud with their peers and teachers. Please help us celebrate students’ work by looking […]

Greetings West Park poetry friends and followers! After reviewing all of their poetry from the past six weeks, students selected a favorite poem to revisit, revise and read out loud. Students worked with a […]


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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.