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It was so hard to say goodbye at our last day at Dever! We did a number of wonderful activities to finish the year strong with one another! Each student received a notebook and […]

This was our second-to-last class! The students had the fantastic idea of creating a poetry yearbook to remember our year together! Today we worked on creating and decorating our final revisions for the yearbook. […]

After a roller coster of a school year, Dever’s 7th grade completed their last lesson of the school year. I read the students a piece I wrote in reflection of our time together and […]

Although it is supposedly Spring, things have been pretty gloomy around here! In order to try to welcome some warmer weather, we read “Knoxville, TN” by Nikki Giovanni and relished her very specific descriptions […]

Week 19 at Dever was a wonderful week of reflection on self. As we approach the end of our time together we reviewed poetic devices and learned about what self-portrait poems are. Below are […]

In Ms Carteno’s class at Dever, we read Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to My Socks.” We discussed how surprising his similes are and the students remarked that all the natural imagery made them feel like […]

At Dever Elementary this week, we studied the Dada art movement. We talked about how the Dada art movement, focused on randomness and absurdity, came out of a period of intense trauma and discussed […]

This week at Dever Elementary was our first week back together since before spring break. It was great getting back into it and writing together again. This week we returned to a poetic device […]

Today, we readFrancisco X. Alarcón’s Natural Criminal (in English and Spanish) and thought about the ways that he used metaphor to describe the ways he did not feel like he belonged impacted us. We […]

This week at Dever the 7th graders reconnected with onomatopoeia and the other group completed alliteration. The 7th graders wrote pieces to welcome in spring and the activities it brings into their lives. I […]


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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.