Posts Categorized: School and Community Reading and Writing Programs

  • Year of New Voices begins with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

    This is a version of an article I wrote for New Hampshire Humanities about the day the Council hosted Juan Felipe Herrera at the Nashua, NH Adult Learning Center.  Thank you Maren Tirabassi and the students of the class and Juan Felipe for their lines of poetry I include.

  • Bhutanese Folktale Project – it begins with one ESL Teacher Laurie Lalish

    “Laurie was their first English teacher. She brought sheets of white paper and markers to her students who spoke little English but told stories with their art.” In 2010, Laurie Lalish of Lutheran Social Services, now Ascentria, conducted a visual arts project with her ESL class in Laconia who created imagery of their homeland. They…

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  • Students Design their Own Joseph and Whoosh

    Joseph and Whoosh, of Joseph’s Big Ride, and I were invited to Lawrence Public Library’s wild and wonderful summer story series.  Kids from all over the city and their teachers trek to the library!  Thanks Jazmine and Niko Welch for playing Whoosh and Joseph in our storytelling.  Afterwards, though, I found out the art that…

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  • Reading Ruby with New Americans

    One of the jobs I cherish doing is bringing NH Humanities’ book discussion programs to English Language Learners.I met with Christine Powers’ class of adult learners in Salem, New Hampshire this spring. They were all new Americans and also mothers. We met in the school where their kids go. Together we read a series of…

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  • We Yearn: The Matchbox Diaries

    I lead book club discussions with English language learners. Today I’m beginning to post images from books we read along with a taste of our discussions. Italian emigrants, 1900,  say good-bye to Grandmother who remains behind, and calling, “You’ll eat the food there and forget your home.”*