Mackenzie, I really enjoyed reading your poem! I found it very relatable being a multi-sport athlete myself. And it was very interesting how you showed the different ways everyone cheers from their perspective in the sports world.
Hi Mackenzie! Thank you for sharing your poem! In my opinion, lots of people (not just students) can find this relatable. In some way or another, we have all stood up and cheered on someone else in our life time.
Hi Beatrice I really enjoyed reading you post. I too had a teacher like this my junior year. Everyone would go through the hallways saying how bad of a teacher she was. How she was mean to everyone. So when I heard this I thought I was going to be in for a now so fun year. When to first day of class round around I though this was the end, but…[Read more]
Hi Rayondre I really liked reading your post. I think your technique idea is helpful. I personally have try music as a way to lessen my stress. I think that it helps in some ways. It just kinda gives be a break. It allows me a minute to decompress. But then when the music stops and I have to face the thing that is stressing me out the stress…[Read more]
Hi Mathew I really liked reading your post. I like how you asked what if to a lot of things that people don’t think about on a daily basis. Your post really opens peoples eye to other what ifs. I think in life there are a lot of what ifs. What if I don;t get into college. What if I don’t get a job. There are many what ifs out there.
Hi Eliza I completely agree with you texting and driving has become a major problem in society today. I think you hit the nail right on the head by saying “it only takes one second of you eyes off the road to cause a crash.” I still don’t understand why people decide that a text can’t wait five minutes until to car is stopped. What is it going…[Read more]
Hi Florentina I really enjoyed reading your post. I choose to read your article because my family adopted a little girl that was in foster care. I think the kids in foster have difficultly learning. I think your article allow people to see some of the things that these kids go through while growing up. I think we should create some program…[Read more]
This is a really cool perspective to write from in my opinion. I think that the overall flow of the poem works well and I like that you have taken the structure of another poem, used it as a model, and then made it your own. Nice job!
Mackenzie, I really enjoyed your work with this poem, and I really like the idea of writing from the perspective of a leaf. You did a great job following the rhyme patterns of Coatsworth’s poem and did great work with the imagery and language to make this piece really seem like a conversation. Great job!
This poem is so cute. I could picture everything you said of the leaf wanting to leave the tree and the tree still being protective. I really enjoyed your idea of a parent to child with a tree and leaf.
MacKenzie, I enjoyed this poem. You really used strong imagery, which kept me reading until I finished, and the conversation is poignant and descriptive. You also used the literary device of rhyme very well in this poem!
MacKenzie, I really enjoyed this poem for a couple reasons. One, the flow was easy to follow and gave interesting imagery. Two, it made me think of the different backstories to the interpretation of this and how it could be taken in different ways.
Hi Andre I really enjoyed reading your poem. I too am a soccer goalie. When reading the poem I remember many times when I was in a game that was close or a game that was very important. My dad has this saying that as a goalie you’re either the hero or the on who let everyone down. Which is very true. Do you ever feel like you have let the…[Read more]
Hi Sofia I really like your idea of taking the pictures of the toys in different locations. Which makes them seem very life like. Have you thought about maybe using toys that have arm or legs that can move? Then when taking the picture in different locations you could move the limbs into different positions. That way they would be given more…[Read more]
Hello Autumn I really enjoyed reading your poem. I thought that the picture you choose was perfect. My favorite lines from the poem was “From the wisps of air that your long hair catches of lingering lost memories of ghosts sharing their secrets while you ride away into the fading sunset.” When I read this I was able to picture this exact…[Read more]
Dear Sara, Great photo! I really enjoyed reading the reason behind why you picked Ms. Eck. I do not known who Ms. Eck is personally but I felt like I was able to understand that she is this amazing person who is always happy and will to help other. I think you were able to show who she real is with this photo. I like the old saying pictures…[Read more]
Hi Juray You are not the only one. I too wait until the very last minute to get out of bed to get ready, forgoing breakfast. And trust me we are no the only ones. Many say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so then why do many skip it all together? I wonder do those extra five minutes of sleep really help? I think many feel…[Read more]
Hello Tala I loved reading your poem. I really can relate to the younger person talking to there mother. I think this is a conversation that my mother and I have had countless times. I think that as college grows closer and closer some parents try to hold on more and more. Parents are conflicted on weather to let there child go and become an…[Read more]
I love your poem. I loved all the descriptive words you had I could really picture this and I really liked learning about your past. My favorite line was “I am from the missing pew at the back of the church where sunday mornings were spent on the soccer field,” it was very strong.
Mac, I remember when we played soccer together, and your line about missing church to go to soccer reminds me of how my pastor would always comment on how little my family went to church. I really enjoyed reading this work of writing!
Dear Hailey, I like the reasoning behind the spot that you picked. I think using a background that shows some of the things your teacher teaches is a great idea. Another place that you could have used for a background was him siting at his desk with things he teaches on the board behind him. You could then focus in on just him, with the work a…[Read more]
Dear Olivia, I really enjoyed reading the reasoning behind why you picked to person that you picked. I think that in order to be a great coach you have to be engaged in the community. To me Coach Cardova sounds like a great coach. I really liked how you took the picture in a place that is related to what he does. Great Photo!
Dear Maddie, I really like this photo. I love how you were able to make Mr. Hentschel the main focus of the piece. Many times when one is trying to focus on just the person that does not always happen. What ends up happening is the background and people in the photo are pulled together, they ends up not being the true focus. Great photo!
Dear Alli, I loved reading this poem. I felt like I was able to really visualize all of the things that you described. From the Kool-Aid to the superman ice cream. Those descriptions helped me connect to your poem. My favorite line has to be the last one where you state “I am from a little bit of everything and a little bit of everyone.” I…[Read more]
Dear Autumn Growing up I went through the exact same thing. I was that shy kids who never got involved. I fear that my opinion was going to be wrong if it did not match everyone else. I was scared to say what was on my mind. I like your idea of voicing your opinion whenever given the change, I tried a similar thing when I was younger. Another…[Read more]
Once upon a time there lived two monster, brothers to be exact. The oldest, Boo Blue was as sweet as could be. Some even said that he was so sweet his body was made of pink bubble gum flavored cotton candy.
Aww this story is so cute. I like the fun names, and the difference between the two brothers, on one being sweet and the other being sour. I also like the ending that Mike laughed along with the fact he got pranked instead of getting angry.
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