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This week Twain 4th graders celebrated not only the New Year but also the final day of our poetry residency. Our theme for our last week was about community. I asked students, “What is […]

For our 10th and final session – which took place the week before school let out for the winter holidays – Twain 3rd graders brainstormed what is needed to write a poem. As students […]

For our second-to-last session, Twain 3rd graders thought about their older generation of grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We read “My Grandmother” by Pela Chacon and “Abuelito Who” by Sandra Cisneros – both poems in […]

As we get closer to the end of our residency, I wanted to have a fun lesson for 4th graders. Since, they love to draw, for their 9th week, we learned about Ekphrastic poetry. […]

Instead of writing new poems for our 6th sessions, Twain 3rd graders had a day of review and sharing. They practiced reading their poems aloud for their classmates, as well as offering and receiving […]

For their 8th week Twain 4th graders experienced the changing weather through poetry. Students were asked what their favorite and least favorite seasons are. The majority of students loved Fall because of Halloween, the […]

For their 7th poetry lesson, Twain 4th graders discovered haiku poems. Haiku is a short Japanese poem that only has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables, 7 in the second, and 5 […]

For our 6th sessions, Twain 3rd Graders imagined the kind of world we would live in if they were in charge. I shared my poem, “Life is For Us and It Shines,” which is […]

For their sixth poetry lesson, Twain 4th graders explored personas. The word persona comes from the Greek word for mask. Actors in ancient Greece wore masks on stage to represent different characters. Poets use […]

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway thru our poetry residency! For our fifth sessions together, Twain 3rd graders discussed thinking “out-of-the-box:” being inventive, using our imaginations, and the pictures that come […]


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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.