Educators

Teachers are the key to River of Words’ success. From the beginning, we have supported their work and furthered their professional development and connection to their communities. 

Resources

The Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide

Incorporates language skills, art, science, history, and culture into activities and exercises for kindergarten through high-school students. Email rowinfo@stmarys-ca.edu for more info. 

 

Environmental Resources for Educators

A variety of resources we've compiled that may help educators build lesson plans and engage students in the art and poetry of place. 

River of Words environmental ResourceS  

 

River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things - A Poetry Writing Guide 

This full-color, 75-page guide helps students get beyond impediments to creativity and expression. Developed by Louisiana teachers Connie McDonald and Harriet Maher, in conjunction with River of Words and Milkweed Editions. Hit the button below for the PDF!

River of WordS: Poetry Writing Guide 

 

Free Curriculum Guide

Teaching the Poetry of Rivers, developed by the Colorado Center for the Book, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. Integrates poetry, water resource science and the humanities.

TEACHING THE POETRY OF RIVERS

 

Resources for Affordable Art Supplies

Purchasing from brick and mortar specialty stores like Michaels' can be convenient, but it's often not the most economical option. Online catalogues operate more slowly, but ordering supplies in bulk for a class can help stretch a budget further. Here are some options to consider for purchasing art supplies:

Thrift stores and second-hand art supply stores can also be helpful; general thrift stores sometimes have basic supplies like acrylic paints at deep discounts, and dedicated second-hand art supply stores often have gently used tools on hand. Local to River of Words in California's East Bay Area is The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. There may be a similar resource in your area!