Inside My Pencil: Imagination (Video)

"A pencil is more than just a pencil," says Senior Writer Peter Markus. Students will practice using their imaginations to reveal what they uniquely can "see" in their mind's eye, as well as using verbs that make their imaginings come to life on the page. [...]

Odes for the People We Can’t See Right Now (Video)

Using the model poem "Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda, students will be able to identify the form of an ode and to use comparisons in their writing. Watch the lesson with Writer-in-Residence Rachel Cawkwell below! View, download, and print the lesson here. [...]

My Tree Is…Imaginative Writing (Video)

Using imaginative writing, students will be able to explore sensory detail and descriptive use of language with Writer-in-Residence Kyle Hunt. Watch the lesson, including a reading of “When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree" by Jamie L. B. Deenihan and Lorraine Rocha, below! View, [...]

On Another Planet: Elements of Story (Video)

Using the theme of outer space, students will consider different elements in a narrative poem, including setting, characters, and problem with Writer-in-Residence Rachel Cawkwell. Watch the lesson, including a reading of “Astronomers Locate a New Planet” by Matthew Olzmann, below! View, download, and print [...]

Tomorrow Will Be: Imaginative Lists (Video)

With Writer-in-Residence Kyle Hunt, students will make lists and utilize lists in imaginative writing. Students will analyze "Last Dawn" by Octavio Paz in order to extrapolate key information. Watch the lesson below! View, download, and print the lesson here.