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Poetry Writing for Elementary and Middle School Students

From structured poetic forms to free verse, student writers can explore the vast range of expression that poetry makes possible. With the guidance of his or her tutor, the student will practice fundamental technical devices, including voice, tone, image, metaphor, and line break. The tutor will suggest classic and contemporary texts that may inspire the student’s own creations and will offer encouragement and feedback on work in progress.

The goals of our poetry courses are threefold:

  1. Build the student’s core writing skills.
  2. Acquaint the student with a variety of poetic styles, forms, and techniques.
  3. Draft and revise poems that can be submitted for publication or as part of an admissions portfolio.

If advanced students are interested in publishing their poetry, our tutors can guide them to appropriate venues (print and online journals, school magazines, local newspapers) and help them compose submission cover letters.

Independent poetry programs are a fantastic way to keep students intellectually engaged outside of school as an extracurricular activity, and our writing courses are ideally suited for the extra free time students have during vacation. A typical poetry program involves one, 60-90 minute session per week, with writing and reading assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises on form and style, the student generates drafts of several new poems, and every poem undergoes rigorous revision.

Our Poetry Instructors:
Our team of poetry instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile:

Anindita S., M.F.A.
Anindita S., M.F.A.
Education

Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
Boston University, MA in English, Creative Writing Program (Poetry)
MIT, SM in Media Arts and Science, Future of Learning Group
Wellesley College, BA in English and Computer Science (Honors)


Summary of Experience

A co-founder of TheWritingFaculty, Anindita has worked extensively with students in middle school through graduate school on academic writing and admission essays. She was a founding faculty member at a charter school in Cambridge, MA, where she taught middle school Humanities in a mixed-grade, inclusive classroom. She also taught undergraduate creative writing at Boston University.

Danielle M., M.F.A.
Danielle M., M.F.A.
Education

Emerson College, MFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing
Georgetown University, BA in Psychology
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Currently a member of the English faculty at Lawrence Academy, Danielle also works with the Academy's College Office, assisting students with the college-essay writing process. She has also taught at Andover's summer school, where she instructed students in the rigorous MS² program and edited the program's alumni magazine. Before becoming a teacher, Danielle worked as a writer and journalist for The Boston Phoenix.

Hannah G., M.F.A.
Hannah G., M.F.A.
Education

University of Houston, M.F.A in Creative Writing/Poetry
University of Aix-Marseilles III
University of Tennessee, B.A in French and Humanities (International Studies)


Summary of Experience

Hannah currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to traditional and non-traditional students. Her courses comprise literature, composition, and creative writing. Hannah is the poetry editor for CATCH UP, a nationally distributed journal of literature and graphic art. Her first collection of poetry, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, will be published this fall.

Cara K., M.Ed.
Cara K., M.Ed.
Education

Lesley University, MEd
Northwestern University, BSJ, Medill School of Journalism


Summary of Experience

A private tutor and teacher, Cara combines concrete feedback with encouragement to help students become concise, clear, and effective writers. With a background in journalism and experience in communications, she tutors students in journalism and professional writing in addition to academic writing and admission essays.

Marisa H., M.F.A.
Marisa H., M.F.A.
Education

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, MFA in Fiction Writing
Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing to India
University of California, Berkeley, BA in English and Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Phi Beta Kappa


Summary of Experience

As a teacher, tutor, and workshop leader, Marisa's students have ranged from struggling writers to M.F.A. candidates. She has taught at universities including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley in composition, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her memoir Loyal to the Sky (2007) won the Nautilus Gold Award for World-Changing Books. In 2010, she received a Fulbright fellowship in Creative Writing.


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