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For our third virtual poetry lesson Peterson students explored social justice. Social justice is the equal rights and opportunities that are supposed to be given to people living within a society. But what if […]

For our second virtual poetry lesson, Peterson students explored poetry about immigration. Immigration is the process in which people move from their country of birth to a foreign country, to seek new opportunities and […]

Peterson students are going virtual! Despite the COVID 19 shelter-at-home order, students are still learning and writing poetry using Google Classroom. For our first virtual lesson we experimented with haikus. Haiku is a short […]

Last week, 7th graders at Peterson wrote poems on what their ideal day would look like based off the concept of reclaiming their identities. For their anchor poem, we read “After God Herself” by […]

This week at Peterson students explored poetry about technology. Students were asked to discuss the positive and negative effects technology had on their lives. Most students agreed that technology has created faster ways to […]

Last week at Peterson, we read “And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and discussed what it is that Maya Angelou was rising up from and what does it mean to continue “rising” for […]

“In terms of writing a poem, for me it really is more about showing up than waiting for inspiration. I try to think of writing a poem in the same vein as any other […]

The other week at Peterson 7th Grade, we read “self-portrait with dirty hair” by Safia Elhillo, a Sudanese-American poet from Maryland. As a class, we talked about what makes a self-portrait and how we […]

This week at Peterson we experimented with question poetry, where poets ask a series of questions as a form of self-reflection and deeper meaning. Why do people ask questions? Does every question have to […]

The other week at Peterson, we read and watched a performance of “Explaining my Depression to my Mother” by Sabrina Benaim. As we discussed what makes spoken word different than written poetry, we also […]


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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.