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This week at Darwin, we read some haikus together and talked about form, how they are from Japan, and how Issa wrote not 100, not 1,000 but 20,000 haikus in total! We experimented with […]

This week at Darwin, we explored how we can find poems in ordinary things, from tables to trees. We then wrote poems from the perspective of some funny, beautiful, or interesting things we see […]

This week at Darwin we explored how poetry makes us feel. It makes us feel happy, sad, confused, and angry. But what about funny? According to many poetry studies, humor is the one place […]

At Darwin, we talked about hearts. We saw a picture of what a real heart looked like, but then we talked about what we thought our hearts are. What do they look like? What […]

One of the many reasons poetry is awesome is because of its imagery. We paint images with the words we use. What if we went backwards and had a picture paint our words? That’s […]

As poets, we write about a breadth of experiences and our stories. Poetry, like all art, helps us notice things around us–in particular, the things we can celebrate. That’s where the form of Odes […]

This week at Darwin we wrote acrostic poems! It was such a fun way to make language a game. We picked random words from a ziploc bags and then wrote poems from them. Students […]

This week at Darwin, I wrote the words “A Swan of Bees” on the whiteboard. We all giggled as we shared the different images this conveyed–a swan being bothered by a bunch of buzzing […]

This past week at Darwin Elementary, we talked about dream poems. Everyone had fun sharing their exciting dreams and what they wanted to dream of. Here are this week’s featured poets! Ms. Garcia, 2nd […]

The past week at Darwin, we worked together writing comparison poems. We talked about things that are totally different but have similarities. One side of the class gave us the word “tiger” and the […]


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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.