2017 Summer Institute

The Summer Institute incorporates writing, sharing teaching practices, and reading/research about the teaching of writing. We are “teachers teaching teachers” with participants earning 6 hours of graduate credit in ENGL 6151 or EDCI 6020 and 120 hours of CLU’S.  To best accommodate teacher and school schedules the 2017 Summer Institute will consist of a seven-day Read More

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Mermaids, Goats, and Moses Malone

Ari Zeiger | February 23, 2016

To start class today (à la Nancie Atwell), I brought in this lyrical vignette by Mary Oliver where she writes oh-so tenderly about her dog Ben. The last few lines of her sketch are as follows: “Ben. Joyful Ben. Because of his joyfulness, my own is increased. It is no small gift. So, perhaps it’s Read More

Call for Editorial Cartoon Submissions.

Sarah DeBacher | November 6, 2015

“The Scholastic Writing Awards are introducing a new category for 2016 – Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. The Editorial Cartoon category celebrates the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the students who Read More

Monster Wars!

Sarah DeBacher | October 29, 2015

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share this SUPER FUN writing activity called “Monster Wars.”* Writing! Coloring! Monsters! Reflection! This assignment is scarily good. While my writers are college freshmen, you could easily do Monster Wars with writers at all grade levels. The Monster Wars activity is designed to show students just Read More

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project

Pizza + Poetry!

Thanks to Big Class for this exciting event taking place at local pizza joints across town.

Pizza Poetry Day

Pizza Poetry Day

The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing student poems on the front of pizza boxes around New Orleans.

On April 21st, order pizza from the following locations and receive a pizza box with a student poem! This year's partners include: @[444199962411464:274:Garage CAFE & PIZZA], @[416482848509496:274:G's Pizza], @[296923066990004:274:Mid City Pizza], @[333519930790:274:Pizza Delicious], @[198428201498:274:Reginelli's Pizzeria] (New Orleans locations), and @[60916777386:274:Theo's Neighborhood Pizza].

Pizza eaters & poetry readers, post your poems on Twitter and Instagram using #pizzapoetry17.

If you have another way you'd like to support Pizza Poetry 17, contact Kortney Morrow, Big Class's Development Manager at kortney@bigclass.org

learn more by visiting us at: http://bigclass.org/pizzapoetry/

Apr 18th 10:02am • No Comments

Join us for the 2017 Invitational Summer Institute. Become a better teacher of writing - 6 hours graduate credit, 120 clu's, and GNOWP will sponsor you for 60% of tuition and fees.
See flyer below and contact krayes@uno.edu.

Photos from Greater New Orleans Writing Project's post

Apr 17th 11:06am • No Comments

On how one writes one's way into college . . . (With a baseline of talented and amazing.)

Read the Essay that got a Malaysian Girl Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Universities


A 17-year-old girl by the name of Cassandra Hsiao, achieved the incredible feat of being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

Apr 10th 12:18am • 1 Comment

Start every day with a poem during poetry month (and all the other days, too).

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day


Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.

Apr 6th 11:31pm • No Comments

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