This seems like an educational, yet inspiring book. I have not been exposed to many hardships in my life, so I think that reading this would be beneficial for me. I truly believe that with hard work and dedication you can achieve success, no matter the circumstances. It’s great that this book conveys that.
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Angela, I really liked the format of your poem. It kept me interested and flows well when read aloud. I can relate to feeling the most lonely at night. Also, I understand where you are coming from with your lines about empathy. Sometimes I feel like I should have empathy for others in certain situations, but I don’t, and it is not something that I…[Read more]
Whitlee, your post about the correlation between sports and alcohol is very thought provoking. I had never really thought about how big of an impact these commercials can have. Since sports attract all kinds of audiences (young and old), I think it would be appropriate for broadcasters to refrain from airing a lot of alcohol-promoting advertisements.
I am from Nestle Crunch bars, from Airstream and Herman Miller.
I am from the crystal-clear panels that let sunlight through on a beautiful day.
I am from the ever-blooming orchid, the snake plant near a crackling
I am excited about your poem because you have used specific details to capture your identity and roots and a way that I, the reader, can visualize. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “From the glistening eyes identical to my fathers flush with matching ferns in the backyard” I think this is great because you juxtapose your features and your father’s with the ferns in your yard. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are a skilled writer!
I have never labeled myself as a ‘good writer’. This is mostly because I don’t often write; not because I don’t like to, but because I simply don’t have time. I think that I would achieve ‘good writer’ sta
summers are everlasting but
i’ve learned to love the days
spent in the sun with
my mother soaking in the
rays of light absorbed
into my face as I sip on
ice water that I feel
running through my body
as cold as t
DAZED AND CONFUSED
WITHOUT MY MUSE
AS THE DAYS GO BY
I MISSED MY BEST FRIEND
WHO EMBARKED ON A JOURNEY
MANY WEEKS AGO
WHERE ARE YOU NOW
AND WHERE ARE YOU HEADED
I’M NOT SURE
SELFISH OF ME
BUT WHAT CAN I DO
I think the bystander effect is very prevalent in our society. We think that someone else may step in, so we don’t have to. I hope that people can become more aware of others’ emotions and speak up for what is right.
Zoe- This is a beautiful poem, great job! I really enjoyed reading this, and I’m not super into poetry, but this one was really captivating to read. You did a great job with imagery, and gave the reader a great sense of what you are imagining. Also your metaphors were awesome, I especially liked the one “have you heard the buzz in your ear of another life passing by yours.” It made me think of how we are surrounded by others all the time, but sometimes don’t see them fully.
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.