Red Bank Middle School
At the start of the month, we invited the 5th and 6th grade ESL students into the 8th grade AVID class for our weekly writing workshop. We read a few pieces from “I Wrote This For You,” by Iain S. Thomas, and then we moved into our own ekphrastic writing–writing in response to art–using different art pieces pulled from our PWN archives (art from Bridge Ink, the internet, MoMA, postcards from traveling, etc.) to inspire us. We loved how the 8th grade AVID class mentored the 5th and 6th graders, guiding them to first write lists of what they saw in the images before helping them develop their pieces into stories and poetry. The 7th graders also completed ekphrastic writing projects and we were blown away by how much creative energy flowed from their pens! We are beginning to wind down our generative writing as we get ready to select pieces to revise for our end-of-year anthologies and Writers Celebration!
Shore House (Long Branch)