The Power of Words


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

February 19th- February 23rd

10:00-10:50 am PST

*Note: This is a weeklong course meeting each day from Monday-Friday


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

"There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it." -Amanda Gorman

Poetry can make people laugh, cry, smile, wonder, and change the world. Throughout American history, Black poets have written poems that challenge and inspire, and we are going to get the chance to investigate them! In this one-week course, students will get to meet daily and discuss the work of Black poets such as Amanda Gorman, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and more. Each class will also involve word games, art activities, and writing projects to give students the opportunity to practice their writing and literary skills and demonstrate how powerful their own words can be! 

Student Outcomes

  • Understand the power and importance of poetry
  • Learn about important literary figures in Black history
  • Write interesting, fun, and powerful poems

Student Experience


Literary Analyst

Creative Writer


Your Teacher: Sam Rubin

Sam Rubin has wanted to be a teacher ever since he was in Kindergarten, and after graduating from Pomona College with a B.A in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, his dreams became a reality when he began teaching at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA.

Sam spent 3 years at Nueva teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades, focusing on design thinking, investigation, and JEDI work when designing emergent curriculum. Sam spent last year working at IslandWood, where he taught outdoor education and completed a certificate in Education for the Environment and Community. Sam is now finishing a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington in Seattle, working on a thesis researching Structured Word Inquiry curriculum in outdoor education spaces. When not learning and teaching, Sam spends his free time hiking, reading books about mythology, and doing puzzles with friends!