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On the last day of the residency, students from each class did a poetry reading from their poetry books (see previous poets). The students in Mrs. Yanez/Ms. Sauer’s class had extra time, so the […]

During this week’s session, students wrote poems based on their peer’s drawings. Here’s what they created. Mr. Alzola third grade At the Party By Nathalie we eat cake we eat candy we eat food […]

Students begin learning about ekphrastic poetry by creating drawings that where then given to write poems about here. Here’s the first part of the lesson where students drew images.


Students revised their poems written earlier in the residency and drew illustrations to accompany their poems.  


Students revised previously written poems, wrote them in a booklet and drew illustrations to accompany their poems. Check out what they created. After School By Brianna B. On Fridays By Emmaanuel Poetry By Cinthia […]

Part 2 of our poetry comics unit rounded out this year’s 5th grade residency at Burbank! Here are some of the incredible multimedia poems by our students: Anhi M. Ethan F. Kevin M. Armani […]

For our final two weeks of the Burbank Elementary Chicago Poetry Center residency, we created poetry comics using the poems we’d written throughout the semester as the inspiration for this experiment in graphic poetry […]

For week twelve, our Burbank poets studied Francisco X. Alarcon’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon / El lunes me siento como un dragón” in both English and Spanish. We analyzed how the […]

In week ten we wrote “Snow Day” poems, based on a lesson by Chasity Gunn. First we read “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost and talked about what snowy days […]

In week nine, we read the poem “One Vote” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and talked about how one small decision can make a big difference over time, adding up into the people we become. Food […]


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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.