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For the last day of this year’s poetry residency, we played alliteration and word-association games. We talked about what it means to graduate, and how the end of the school year can feel – […]

Last week Shoesmith 4th graders read Kwame Alexander’s How to Write a Poem, and then worked collaboratively to create poems inspired by our discussions. Ms. Lehner 4th Grade – Group 1 Roaring into Poetry […]

As our poetry residency for the school year draws to a close, enjoy these Recipe Poems by Shoesmith 4th graders! Ms. Lehner4th Grade – Group 1 How to be a Good Gymnastby Khadijah D. […]

For their 13th and last week of poetry this year, 5th and 6th graders explored their past memories. We discussed happy memories such as birthday parties, embarrassing memories we wish we could forget, sad […]

Last Friday fourth graders were filled with fire, fun, and fabulous poetry because Shoesmith held a school- wide Poetry Slam! Organized by Ms. Lane, the Poetry Slam theme was “The Future We Want, The […]

For our 9th sessions Shoemsith 4th graders returned to writing  their color poems. The first group had a visitor who came to talk to them about HBCUs, but before that, students had an opportunity […]

For their 12th week of poetry Shoesmith 5 & 6th graders explored the idea of imaginary places. But first Students discussed places in reality that they love to visit such as The Great Wolf […]

Last Thursday was not only 5th and 6th graders eleventh week of poetry but also my birthday. It was great to celebrate my special day with students. I even shared a video reel with […]

Shoesmith 5th and 6th graders made it to their tenth week of poetry! Our lesson for that session was all about myths. Before the concept of science, in ancient times people used myths, stories […]

Between testing dates and spring break, it felt like an eternity since I had spent time with Shoemsith 4th graders! It felt good to return to Ms. Lehner’s classroom for our eighth sessions.  Students […]


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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.