Articles by: Jane Higgins

STEAL THIS IDEA: People, Places, Times and Things

In their notebooks, students should make four headings:  People, Places, Times and Things.  Students are then asked to list four childhood memories that relate to each of these headings. Here are some suggestions to get kids going: A person who/whose: I hated; death made me the saddest; I respected very […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: Book Pitches

Once every few weeks, put students into mixed groups and allow them to give a five minute “pitch” for a book they recently finished.  They should give a summary, mention a few high points (or low points) and share their opinion of the book.  The other students in the group […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: Revision “Telephone”

Revision “telephone” can help students to change the wording of lines or sections of their writing that they’re having trouble saying the way they want to say them.  Students should select a sentence from their writing that is giving them difficulty.  They read the line aloud and then they go […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: A New Twist on Active Listening

You probably already have your students using active listening protocols in your classroom, but have you thought about other ways that you can use active listening in your classroom? Try using written active listening as a note taking strategy.  Having students jot in their notebooks things like “I heard so-and-so say…” […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: “What You Have Heard Is True”

Looking for a good “getting to know you” writing prompt for the beginning of the school year? Ask students to start a piece of writing with the following statement:  What you have heard is true.  See where their pens take them from there!   Steal This Idea is a roundup […]

NYCWP Teacher-Leaders meet with John Legend

NYCWP Teacher-Leaders meet with John Legend

      NYCWP Teacher-Leaders recently met with musician John Legend and Executive Director of the National Writing Project (NWP) to discuss Legend’s latest philanthropic ventures in education.  Participants had the opportunity to share their teaching practice with Legend, as well as to ask him questions about his music, his […]

Poetry Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Poetry Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

For the last several years, the New York City Writing Project has sponsored a celebration of student writing at the historic Nuyorican Poets Café.  The Café has been called “the most integrated place on the planet” by Alan Ginsberg and serves as a venue to present groundbreaking works of literature, […]

Youth Voices

Youth Voices

This year the NYCWP made great strides to expand its offerings to young writers in our Youth Voices programming.  This development has become possible through grants totaling $50,000 from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of the New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project.  The 2014 Youth Voices […]

Teacher to Teacher 2014

Teacher to Teacher 2014

On April 5, 2014, the New York City Writing Project hosted its 16th Annual Teacher to Teacher Conference at Lehman College.  This all-day event boasted over 30 teacher-created and teacher-presented workshops focused around the teaching of reading and writing.  Workshops addressed the needs of teachers in a variety of settings, […]

Invitational Summer Institute 2014

Invitational Summer Institute 2014

  The 2014 Invitational Summer Institute ran from July 8 – 31, 2014. Congratulations to all of our wonderful participants and, as always, thank you for sharing. NYCWP Summer Institutes offer teachers a leadership experience in the teaching of writing and reading. Participants explore ways to improve the teaching of writing […]