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What makes a poem good? Your answer will vary depending on who you ask, but imagery matters. Simile and metaphor are at the heart of moving poetry. This week, students learned about crafting similes […]

Last week, Howe students learned about odes. Ode poems honor the things we value, no matter how big or small they are. We brainstormed some of the things that deserve an ode before each […]

It’s getting chilly and we’re feeling it! Students at Howe started the week with Nikki Giovanni’s “Winter Poem,” which got us thinking about the things we look forward to (or dread) about the coldest […]

As we welcome our first snow of the season, students at Howe are excited about the upcoming winter and all the festivities that come with it. The 4th graders wrote a group poem about […]

The happy 4th grade poets from Howe School studied an ancient form of poetry from Japan called Haikus. The poem follows a specific structure of 3 lines; the first line must contain 5 syllables, […]

The 4th grade poets from the after school program at Howe School of Excellence wrote about their wishes. After studying several poems by elementary school students from other school about their wishes, the students […]

Today the poets from Howe School of Execellence learned about an important literary device called alliteration. We studied some classic tongue twisters like “Peter Piper…” and “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck…” We […]

We’re surrounded by different sounds every day! For this week, our young poets at Howe thought about the sounds that color their lives. This post’s featured poet, Milani, describes the sounds of her life […]


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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.