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This week at Washington, we began by reading Aracelis Girmay’s “Self Portrait with the Pirate’s Gold,” one in a series of self-portrait poems from her poetry collection Kingdom Animalia. We looked especially at how […]

This week, we switched it up a bit by first visualizing a memory with something/someone we couldn’t live without. This exercise led us into our topic of the week, odes! Francisco X. Alarcón’s “Ode […]

In our first class back from break, we read letter poems by William Carlos Williams and Matthew Olzmann (Part 2 of “For a Recently Discovered Shipwreck at the Bottom of Lake Michigan”) and brainstormed […]

This week at Washington, we reflected on our names, inspired by a session with Mrs. Mild-Thomas’s class at Haugan led by poet-in-residence Teresa Dzieglewicz. We admired the images, similes, and metaphors in “JJ” by […]

During our second week at Washington, Miss Davis’s eighth graders read “gum” by student poet Eleanor M., pointing out the details and imagery that made the poem strong. We wrote our own food-inspired poems […]

Last week was our first week at George Washington Elementary School! Miss Davis’s wonderful 8th graders discussed Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Truth Serum,” the impact of description/detail in poems, and dreamed up magic potions […]

So, we’ve started telling stories.. now we’re making the stories come to life! Setting and context are just as important as the stories themselves, and one of the best ode-writers helps us out in […]

We’re getting into the thick of it at Washington! As we wrap up our first unit of this year with a review on metaphor, we enter into one on performance. My life as a […]

“do you know what it’s like to live someplace that loves you back?” – Danez Smith, “summer, somewhere” We often use art, and specifically poetry, to help process the more difficult things of life. […]

After stepping into the world of metaphor, we got the chance to explore it a bit more in Week 3 at Washington with persona and personification! We’ll spend a lot of time in our […]


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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.”
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