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During the 5th week of the Chicago Poetry Center residency, Darwin students were encouraged to explore their imaginations by creating weird, strange and funny word pairings. Through play and sharing poetry students came up […]

During the fourth week of the Chicago Poetry Center residency at Darwin Elementary 3rd graders were encouraged to remember and imagine scenes and out of the ordinary ideas to create I dream poems. Ms. […]

During the 3rd week of the Chicago Poetry residency, youth were encouraged to find similarities between different things. This encouraged creativity and to recognize what people and things might have in common. These are […]

How do you make noise on paper?/ ¿Cómo haces ruido en el papel? In our second week of poetry class, we explored using poetry to express the soundtracks of our lives. We read a […]

Ms. Tasior 3rd Grade #1 I Wish Zury R. I wish for an iPhone I wish for a fruit Yo deseo ir a Disneyland Yo deseo dormir con mi papa I wish to go […]

This week at Darwin, we wrote our final poems for this school year. Our focus was things that we remember–whether going to the movies with family, a day at the park eating ice cream, […]

At Darwin, we thought about colors and how the colors of the things around us can be woven into poems. Here are the poets from our classroom! Ms. Garcia, 2nd Grade, Spanish Delilah & […]

This week at Darwin we explored places that we hear music, how music makes us feel, and where music comes from. Here are this week’s featured poets! We had such beautiful responses to the […]

We all know that the alphabet is a key tool in writing poems and creating words–but what about when the alphabet creates the form in which we write poems? That’s what an abecedary poem […]

Happy almost back from Spring Break! This past week at Darwin, we focused on poems about places and how places, whether the laundromat or IHOP or our backyards, are important to telling our stories. […]


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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.