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Young Writers Project in Action

posted Mar 22, 2013, 11:55 AM by Unknown user

The Young Writers’ Project (YWP) is a nonprofit dedicated to building a generation of better writers. Teachers Laura Coro and Linda Horn have been using YWP in their classrooms all year. Recently in the 3/4 classroom, students looked at pictures of animals and wrote haiku poems about what they saw, which helped them practice working with syllables. (Haiku has a special 5-7-5 syllabic pattern.) These poems were typed onto the YWP website and posted as podcasts too. On this site, our students are then able to view and comment on each other’s work, which offers writers a genuine audience beyond just their teacher and encourages students to use critical thinking as they offer each other feedback. This is truly an example of technology transforming education.


Penguins, by Connor

Four little penguins

Standing in a big, long line

Black and white I see

Graceful, by Rena

I’m ever graceful,

I swim in shimmering lakes

I’m a graceful swan.