In science, we're always trying to understand things that are too small or too big to comprehend, from tiny cells to our entire universe. How do we explain these things? By comparing them to things we understand. Learn how to transform science into poetry, and discover a technique to make science concepts stick for a lifetime.
A Kennedy Center Workshop
Arrive at Ellis Island in 1901 with only a steamer trunk and your hopes, and discover how to live in a new country without leaving your own culture behind. As we immigrate, we will integrate, weaving writing and drama seamlessly with social studies to bring history to life and understand the complex process of becoming an American.
Got Intelligence? In this workshop, you’ll try on a variety of ways to be smart. We’ll start with a Bodily-Kinesthetic assessment to figure out how comfortable we are with Howard Gardner's theory, then build our brains from materials at hand and explore the Intelligences within us with a Multiple Intelligences Treasure Hunt.
From Homer to Keats, poets have always found inspiration in art, translating visual literacy into a verbal art form. Explore a variety of artworks and learn how to read deeply into the works of art you have chosen to discover their secrets, and translate those secrets into poems.
The natural world provides many opportunities for visual literacy, as we constantly make sense of all the things we see outdoors. While we enjoy a sunset or other natural event, we’ll figure out how much we can discern from what we see in nature, thinking in terms of science, art and personal appreciation.
Which standards do you hate to teach? In this workshop, we’ll yank out all those standards that your students just don’t understand, no matter how many times you try to teach them. Together, we’ll develop ways you can use every art form—creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts and visual art—to help your students understand and use those concepts for the rest of their lives.
“Over there, over there,” a war was going on. But over here, the war effort was an essential element of everyday life. Whether we were participating in scrap drives at school, saving cooking fat to make bombs, and working in factories on the home front of this historic war. Take on the role of an American citizen during World War II and share your understanding of this important time through poetry.
Use the highly flexible Word Bowl approach to poetry as a tool to deepen understanding of words and ideas, while creating delightful poems. You’ll start by creating your own poems, trade words like baseball cards and learn a fun approach to revision.
Can you smell your grandmother’s pies baking? Dive into a cool, blue swimming pool on a steamy August day? As you swim through memory and imagination, your writing will simmer with similes and effervesce with images. Everyone will fall in love with poetry—from lifelong writers to those who’d rather scrub a bathtub than write a poem.
Transform yourself into an endangered animal, to examine your life in your habitat, understand why you need your adaptations and invent new ones. Then share your newfound wisdom - and your requests for others to respect your habitat - by creating poetry and visual art.
Discover how landforms make poetry of the landscape through rich metaphors that deepen student understanding of science and social studies. Create a café featuring the landforms of your state in a collaborative poem and write from the point of view of your favorite landform to learn how landforms grow, change and inhabit the landscape.
Explore how animal, plants and climates interact to form miniature worlds in perfect balance. Your students will put the eco in ecosystem, the art in arts integration and the poet in poetry.
If you were a body of water, what would you notice? How does the water cycle really work? Explore the mysteries of water through poetry, dance, science, social studies and visual art.
Discover the backstory of literature by becoming characters from novels and stories. Imagery, simile, metaphor and line breaks: these all work together to create powerful poems to help develop a deeper understanding of literature.
This workshop is for everyone, from those who wake up with a poem on your lips to those who can't string two sentences together with a needle and thread. Become an expert in communicating anything and everything through writing. From Play-Doh to Plato, from Vick’s VapoRub to vectors, from soap bubbles to surface tension, you’ll integrate writing with your five senses throughout your life - and throughout the curriculum.
If you’re mystified by meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, sonnets, villanelles and sestinas, Mimi Herman will help you discover the delights of formal poetry as you experiment with the magic of meter. Learn how writing within the strict rules of form can be a comfort - or even an adventure.
If your life feels like one commitment piled on top of another, ease your way into inspiration with a poetry nap. You’ll relax from your feet all the way to the top of your head, breathe deeply, and take a journey into the deepest part of yourself. When you wake up, you’ll be ready to spill ideas and images onto the page and craft your thoughts into poetry.
What is the voice your readers hear when they read your work on the page? Discover your own distinct writing voice through hands-on art, mapmaking, improvisation and - of course - writing activities. Learn who has influenced you, and how to define your written voice so it will resonate off the page.
Do you find yourself writing wallflower prose? Does your poetry sometimes feel heavy-handed, shy, unable to charm even your Aunt Gladys? Find the part of you that is marvelous and mysterious. Learn to sustain a certain intrigue and read your reader. Mimi Herman - writer, teacher and flirt extraordinaire - will help you pull your prose and poetry out of the corner and onto the dance floor. Complete strangers will follow you for blocks, begging for the privilege of whisking you off to Paris (their treat, of course).
Maps allow us to understand large concepts on pieces of paper small enough to put in our pockets. When you create a map of your life using art and poetry, you'll discover more about yourself (or the lives of historical figures and characters from literature) than you ever thought you knew.
Catalogue Poems (also known as List Poems) are an excellent way to explore elements of any subject that interests you. Learn how to bring lists to life through imagery and organization. Your grocery list will become so interesting, everyone will want to shop with you!
Hydroplaning, expansion and contraction, pick-up sticks and Jenga - explore new ways to revise old poems. Bring a poem that’s driving you crazy and join us to find your way to saying what you really want to say the way you really want to say it in this revision workshop.
So you've been invited to give a reading - or maybe you've gotten up your nerve to brave that open mic night. You know your work is good - at least you hope it is, but you're not quite convinced that anyone will want to listen. Learn the techniques that great readers know - how to use your eyes, your body and your voice to enchant your audience.