T&W writers' in-class writing prompts and exercises inspired and generated the adapted poem found in A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY. From this imaginative, diverse, massive, and multi-faceted material, an adapted work emerged. Here's a peek at one of the lessons that served as the raw clay to shape young writers' minds. All lessons were taught in New York City classrooms, but could be adapted to suit your own community and place.
Using Reflections of NYC Arts Movements, expose your classroom to poets writing about NYC so young writers can read how other New Yorkers have envisioned their city. A great place to start is Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem."
And be sure to check out our POEM AS BIG AS NYC: LESSONS page for more great ideas!