Sometimes I Feel: Similes & Metaphors (Video)

In this lesson, students will be able to express how they feel using similes and metaphors with Senior Writer Peter Markus. Watch the lesson below! View, download, and print the lesson here.

Take Refuge: Learning Anaphora (Video)

With Senior Writer Peter Markus, students will learn to recognize and use anaphora while finding beauty in the broken and run-down. This lesson utilizes the model poem “Refuge” by Robert Fanning. Watch the lesson below! View, download, and print the lesson here.

You Belong Nowhere But To Yourself: Safe Spaces (Video)

Using the theme of home, students will be able to demonstrate how to make effective choices in their own writing based on a series of prewriting exercises & close reading. Watch the lesson, including a reading of “Group Home Before Miss. Edna’s House” by Jacqueline [...]

Black Excellence Sounds Like: Figurative Language (Video)

With Writer-in-Residence Jassmine Parks, students will explore strategies employed by the black power movement and utilize similes/metaphors and imagery to construct a poem. Students will read and analyze the poem “Marcus Garvey Sits For A Bust” by Marilyn Nelson. Watch the lesson below! View, download, [...]

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. [...]