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For our sixth and seventh sessions Kozminski 4th graders read Francisco X. Alarcón’s “Ode to My Shoes” and discussed personification. They brainstormed objects and non-human things doing human activities before writing their own poems. […]

For our 5th sessions at Kozminski, students talked about their visit to the Shedd Aquarium the previous week. They were excited about getting the chance to see and learn about aquatic life outside of […]

Due to technical difficulties, 4th graders worked on Dream Poems instead of Comparison Poems for our 4th sessions, together. The 5th graders – to use an idiom – put their “noses to the grindstone” […]

For my third sessions at Kozminski, 4th graders viewed a video of Theresa the Songbird performing her poem, “You So Black.” Students shared their favorite lines in the performance; and then we thought about […]

During my 2nd sessions at Kozminski, 4th graders discussed list-making and wish lists; while wrote 5th graders looked at Nikki Giovanni’s “winter poem,” before writing their own wintry stanzas. Bbrrrrr! Ms. Manning4th Grade Wishesby […]

The pleasure was all mine to meet students in Ms. Manning’s classroom for our first residency sessions. The fourth graders were attentive and curious, as we read and talked about some of the items […]

It’s hard to believe we reached our final session together. This session was a relaxed journey into the future. Students spent our time together clipping magazines to create vision boards. The classroom was filled […]

On our final day of the spoken word series, students made their premiere at the Mahogany Club. The club is an open mic venue in the classroom curated by Ms. Manning herself. One by […]

Kozminski’s 4th and 5th graders continued writing and practicing poems to prepare for their Mahogany Club performances. We focused on the physical elements of performing, thinking ways to emphasize our words when reciting a […]

Kozminski’s 4th and 5th graders took some time to learn more about spoken word poetry and what makes it so dynamic. Before we dove in on day one, we warmed up with some tableau. […]


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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.