Reading & Writing News

Understanding, Appreciating, and Creating Poetry

Adam Boaz, English Faculty and Grade Dean Grade 11, teaches a senior elective "Understanding, Appreciating, and Creating Poetry." The students and Mr. Boaz invite you to watch the video they produced of their poetry reading. Mr. Boaz describes the class, sharing "it is thrilling to read and discuss the works of contemporary poets with [my students], watch them learn the craft and techniques that professional poets use, and then apply what they have learned to their own creative process." Sydney Fishkin '21 reflects, "I really liked the poetry process. It allows you to express yourself without directly telling people what you are really talking about. It was very freeing.” Classmate Ian Marsh '21 adds, “I really enjoyed making poems in this class, and I was always satisfied with the results. It was a way to be open about myself in a way I never thought I could.”

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Windows and mirrors - Grade 8 students reflect deeply on their own point of view, while appreciating classmates' perspectives

Stephanie Hoos, English Faculty and Middle School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, supports her Grade 8 students in reflecting meaningfully on their own and others' beliefs.  Ms. Hoos describes her objective as "supporting curiosity in students and engaging with deeper questions through the overarching concepts of windows and mirrors. Windows give us a point of view into another person's space, perceptions, world views, thoughts, and feelings. Mirrors give us greater insight into ourselves and ask us to think critically about our own beliefs and behaviors." 

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King students in Grades 3-5 enhance their reading and writing skills to become effective researchers and communicators

Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 are joyfully immersed in reading and writing, building the foundational skills needed to evolve as able researchers who can assess diverse information and shape and share their own meaningful perspectives.  Grade 4 students learn about nonfiction structure, including how to use headings and subtitles to provide clues on where information can be found while conducting research. Grade 4 student Penny Prince explains that this is useful, saying, "I have the ability to find a subtopic faster than normal. My brain was familiar with finding information quicker and not having to read through everything on the website I was looking at."

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Grade 7 students reflect on the power of image in the media and what it means to fit in

Anna Lubowitz, English Faculty, describes her objectives for King Grade 7 students as, "I want students to improve their ability to be critical readers and thinkers and to appreciate that everyone has a different experience of what it means to 'come of age in America,' which is our theme for Grade 7 English."

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