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Category: Writing

Pages Summer Retreat

“A Powerful Discourse on Love”

During the Pages fall retreat, 15 educators and teaching artists gathered in a room with visual artist and scholar, Ann Hamilton, as she led us in a “choral reading” deconstructing […]

A Pages Lesson to Leave With

Creative writing is a must. This seems obvious enough as I finish my fourth year in the Pages Program, but if I am being completely honest, creative writing had dwindled […]

Blacking Out Robert Frost

You know when you’ve done a lesson so many times, it’s become muscle memory? You can just walk into class, set-it-up and then just go-! Poof! Wonderful lesson, wonderful class […]

Writing is art.

Art is freedom. Art is expression. Art is powerful. When I was in school, I thought art was for the super talented, super creative people who were good at drawing […]

Handwritten Pages

I still find evidence of my past when cleaning out a desk drawer, when flipping through a book from a previous class, when rediscovering a journal. I relish opening the […]

An Essay in Pictures

I worry sometimes that we are losing a little more of our creativity each time we work through the writing process. Typically in AP Literature and Composition, we write and […]

Poems from a Jar

Т  Т  Т Raoul Peck, in the introduction of the companion text to his documentary I Am Not Your Negro, said that receiving James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript was like accepting “…a […]

Sharing Fear and Creative Writing

Т  Т  Т Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein–each year my students experience a love-hate relationship with this classic text, which translates to my own love-hate relationship when teaching it. The text is long, […]

Making metaphor from scratch

Mary Reufle begins at the beginnings. She offers “Metaphor as time, the time it takes for an exchange of energy to occur … if metaphor is not idle comparison, but […]

The Eddies 2015

After a PAGES experience last year, Forbidden Voices, my students decided they wanted to blog and I have learned it is a perfect way to have students write regularly, write […]

Student Practices for Finding Inner Voice

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”Т  ―Т Rumi Lectio Divina, or “divine reading” is traditionally a form […]

Space, Shapes and the Silences Between

“When he heard music, he no longer listened to the notes, but the silences between.Т  When he read a book, he gave himself over to the commas and semicolons, to […]