When: January 20 to March 20, 2020
Where: Boston, MA
Institutions: Perry School and Adams School
Facilitators: Michelle Sirios (Grade 4) – Caroline Kiddie (Grade 3)
Text: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (Williams’ poem)




Michelle Sirios (Grade 4) and Caroline Kiddie (Grade 3) facilitated a Pre-Texts workshop for their students (20-25 students in each class) in Perry School and Adams School in Boston, Massachusetts. Suzanne Paszkowski participated in the sessions and wrote a Full Report about this wonderful experience!




Pre-Texts Activities of All Shapes and sizes call on participants to return to that humanistic principle of paying attention to things in The World and To One’s Experiences of the World, as well as Trying to Communicate Them To Others Using Various Techniques (Words, Gestures, Designs, Rhythms, etc.).





Asking for Creative Response To Texts Changes The Way One Reads Or Listens or Pays Attention; It is not about finding the right Answer, But instead About Using The Text The Material for Creating Something New.

(Suzanne Paszkowski, 2020)


  • Indicator of development in all fields (economic, political, emotional, etc.).
  • Stimulates imagination in order to comprehend texts.
  • Inspires personal expression.
  • Engages a range of experiences at a safe distance.


  • Starts with creativity, a universal human drive.
  • Depends on facts and critical reflection.
  • Requires reinterpretation of given material.
  • Develops best with a diversity of proposals.


  • Derives from diversity as a source of pleasure.
  • Thrives on admiration of everyone for everyone.
  • Appreciates facts and critical reflections.
  • Recombines materials and experiences.