Art Videos: Writing Lessons

School Year 2020.2021

Methow Arts teaching artists have created videos to help students build a foundation in the literary arts. The videos on this page focus on literary arts lessons. These lessons in these videos are intended to be facilitated by a teacher, parent, or other adult. Let us know what you think.


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K-2nd grade WRITING LESSONS

Two-Word Poem (grades K-3+)

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Classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, and remote parent teachers alike will have fun facilitating this two-word poem lesson with students. Designed by educator Anne Andersen, the lesson can be centered on any theme and can be expanded by simply adding additional words. (literary arts)

Materials: paper/journal, pencil/pen


Neighborhood Map (grades 2-3)*

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Most authors recommend “Write what you know.” Anne Andersen helps you write a piece that focuses on things you know and things you’ve experienced. (literary arts)

*We suggest participating in this video in two or three sessions.

Materials: paper, pencil/pen


Holiday Heart Maps/Poems (all ages/family)

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Teaching artist Anne Andersen shows you how to map the things you hold dear in your heart, using a lesson from poet Georgia Heard as inspiration. This could be a meaningful family activity during the holidays. (visual & literary art)

Materials: something to write on & something to write with (optional–markers, crayons, or colored pencils)


When I was Young writing lesson (grades 2-3)

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Anne Andersen guides you through memoir writing–a writing exercise that asks you to draw on your own memories. (literary arts)

Materials: pencil/pen, paper


3rd-6th grade WRITING LESSONS

Persona Writing (grades 3+)

Educator Anne Andersen guides you through writing from the perspective of something that is not a person, using “Sierra” by Diane Siebert as a mentor text.

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Materials: paper/journal, pencil/pen


Erasure Poem (grades 4-6+)

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Poet Subhaga Crystal Bacon teaches you how to create an “erasure poem”–poetry created from words left behind. (literary arts)

Materials: pencil/pen/marker, newspaper and/or magazine


The Important Thing (grades 4-6+)

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Educator Anne Andersen guides you through an autobiographical writing exercise called The Important Thing (literary arts)

Materials: paper/journal, pen/pencil