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For my final lesson with Ms. Wilson’s 4th graders at Dulles Elementary, we dove right into visual poetry. We read Whenever You See a Tree by Padma Venkatraman and learned that sometimes poetry is […]

To start my final week with the 4th graders at Dulles, I thought we would try our hand at some Haiku. We read translations of Issa Kobayashi and discussed how Haiku are based on […]

At the start of the week, we were thinking small; later in the week, we were thinking big! The 4th graders read Before the Rains by Kim Stafford and then wrote poems envisioning the […]

At the start of this week, the 4th graders at Dulles Elementary took some time to appreciate the little things, with Ode to Marbles by Max Mendelsohn. We talked about some examples of small […]

Later in the week, Ms. Wilson’s 4th-graders at Dulles Elementary dove right into figurative language! We read Nikki Giovanni’s Knoxville Tennessee and talked about our happy places. I lead them through a short guided […]

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 […]

When I visited Ms. Tze’s 4th-grade class at Dulles, we first spent some time getting to know each other with a name game, then I heard from them what they’d been learning so far […]

Later in the week at Dulles, the 4th graders had some fun with metaphor! We read, “Words are Birds” by Francisco X. Alarcón, and discussed some of the ways in which the speaker feels […]

This week in Ms. Wilson’s 4th-grade class we started by asking ourselves about a time we were surprised. We then read the poem, “Skating in the Wind” by Kristine O’Connell George. The poem ends […]

For our first day with Ms. Wilson’s 4th-grade class at Dulles Elementary, we asked ourselves, what is poetry? And where is it? and when what and why? These 4th graders had lots of insightful […]


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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.