All posts in 4th Grade

This week at Dulles I brought in some poems and curriculum from the Hands-on-Stanzas archive (Thank you to Beth and Leslie!) and taught a lesson on sound poems. We started by reading examples from […]

We are reading about personification: Has My Heart Gone to Sleep? Antonio Machado Has my heart gone to sleep? Have the beehives of my dreams stopped working, the waterwheel of the mind run dry, […]

Moos – Week 12 This week we were looking at out-going poet laureate Natasha Trethewey’s “Southern Fires.” This poem is about keeping silent when you know something wrong is happening, so I asked the […]

Moos – Week 11 I wanted the young poets to write about sounds this week, and so what better model poem than Li-Young Lee’s “Falling: The Code”? There is no better poem. Well maybe. […]

Moos – Week 10 My second workshop with the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener Insect Petting Zoo went just as good as the first one. The younger kids reacted similarly, though actually less […]


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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.