Poetry that Brags: The Kalevala, Rakim, and L.L. Cool J
Professional writers and educators share their techniques for teaching imaginative writing and review books on writing pedagogy and related subjects. Please visit the Teachers & Writers website to learn more and to view this month's current lesson plan and featured writer. Aaron Belz is a poet, non-fiction writer, and critic who has published in magazines ranging from Gulf Coast to Wired. He also writes extensively on digital media and was a founding partner of Schwa.com. He has spent this spring teaching at Jackson Elementary School in the city of St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and two kids. Aaron has an MA in Creative Writing from NYU (1993). Today we did the lesson that my third-grade kids had been talking about from the time they first perused their books: "Braggin' Rites." Next week is my last week with them, so I had to choose one of the remaining lessons, and this was the one that cried out to be tried.