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This week found us reading Sarah Kay’s poem “On the Discomfort of Being in the Same Room as the Boy You Like” and looking at the times we were uncomfortable. In order to help […]

The students were so very sure they could save the dead baby deer – one promised me over break she would write a sequel to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” called “If […]

This class before winter break we were looking at William Stafford’s “Traveling Through the Dark” – a poem about someone who has come across a dead deer on a narrow mountain road. He has […]

It was concluded in class today that boys are gross, but they can also be cute. Mrs. Asvos 7th Grade, 6th Period “On Friendship” Prisila D. Friendship is a temporary thing Born alone, live […]

This week we were looking at Aracelis Girmay’s poem “On Kindness.” I would ask the students afterward to write a list of five abstract ideas (we would help each other brainstorm abstract ideas) and […]

I liked in this batch the glimpses of other countries through the students’ eyes. In the words of another exceptional poet, Elizabeth Lemon, “I want to go to there.” Also, Adrian has the best […]

This week we are reflecting as honestly as possible on our homes through the lens of Bob Hicock’s “A Primer.” I love BH, and this piece does a great job of taking the language […]

Also for this workshop I made a rule that they can’t write about people they know as being ugly. I find that it’s too easy for them to just talk about someone they don’t […]

I had to put a moratorium on the word “beautiful” after this workshop. It’s based off of Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Valentine for Ernest Mann” – a poem where Nye talks about poems hiding in […]

The freedom the students had with this assignment with just the music and the animal name was truly amazing. I am definitely going to teach this workshop again, and others, inspired by music without […]


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