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For our final sessions at Kozminski for the 2022-23 school year, we talked about being reflective. Students talked about things that they have learned, and how things have changed, or not changed since the […]

In our recent sessions, Kozminksi 4th and 5th grade poets took inspiration from Kwame Alexander’s book, How to Write a Poem, which starts off with “Begin with a question…” Students first brainstormed lists of […]

Before we got into discussing things we know how to do and transforming those How-to’s into non-traditional recipes, Kozminski student poets shared their recent experience of meeting and workshopping with student poets from Kenwood […]

In this blog post I share Color Poems from Kozminski 4th graders; as well as poems written by 5th graders, inspired by views of poetry videos by Nate Marshall and Jamila Woods. Ms. Manning4th […]

For our 12th sessions together, Kozminski 4th and 5th graders discussed how it feels to be wild and free. We talked about ways that children and animals are tamed of “wild” behavior. Then we […]

For my most recent visit with Kozminski students, I asked students to reach into their imaginations to come up with ideas to surprise themselves and me! We looked at the student poem, “Someday I […]

Upon my return to Kozminski after the spring break, I had the opportunity to meet with 4th, 5th, and middle grade students! We read poems published on the blog; we read and discussed Maya […]

Upon our return from spring break, Kozminski student poets discussed diversity, and how it can be found in people, geography, the natural world, colors, and languages. We read “Face It” by Janet S. Wong, […]

For our most recent sessions at Kozminski, we met on Monday because parent/teacher conferences were scheduled for Wednesday. Students practiced projecting their voices and paying attention to how a poem makes them feel energetically, […]

For our 8th sessions, 4th and 5th grade students at Kozminski discussed the difference between biography and autobiography; and learned about odes, a poetry form that celebrates and shows respect for the worth of […]


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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.