• Call for Submissions: Steal This Idea!

    Steal This Idea is a roundup of submissions from NYCWP-affiliated teachers; this section of our website will be updated frequently with great lessons and activities that you can use in your classrooms.  Reading Steal This Idea will give you access to the ideas and innovations of a wide range of classroom teachers of all grades and content …

    September 4, 2014
  • From the Director’s Notebook: Changes

        September 4, 2014 Dear NYCWP Community, This week marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year as well as my first full school year as the Director of the New York City Writing Project.  This fall has brought many changes, both within the Project and within your schools.  Teachers are coming back to …

    September 4, 2014
  • 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 much as a child; taught …

    August 20, 2014
  • 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 are permitted to ask questions …

    August 20, 2014
  • 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 around the circle, with each …

    August 20, 2014
  • 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…” helps students get the feel …

    August 20, 2014
  • 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 of submissions from NYCWP-affiliated teachers; …

    August 20, 2014
  • 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, music, theatre, performance art, poetry …

    July 28, 2014
  • 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 Inquiry Project will directly engage …

    July 24, 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, content areas and grade-levels while …

    July 24, 2014