Dear Mr. Doctorow

2017 Runner-up of the Bechtel Prize By Eileen Sutton Author Garth Greenwell selected Eileen Sutton’s “Dear Mr. Doctorow” as the runner-up for the 2017 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the Bechtel Prize to the author of an exemplary essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination. Greenwell said, “This…

How (Not) To Teach Gender

By Jude Dry I am nine years old and about to audition for Tom Sawyer.  I’m at a semi-professional children’s theater in Palo Alto, California, where my family is living for the year as part of my father’s sabbatical. There are two lines: boys and girls. Tom and Becky. I’m preparing to read for Tom….

Crouching Lion, Marble Statue

by Felix O.  (6th Grade) Striding down the museum halls, head turning side to side, breath trapped inside my bones, happiness swelling beyond measure, I come to the masterpiece itself. It growls at me It measures me, It POUNCES! Slowly dusting myself off, rising from the pearly marble ground, I come face to face with…

A Black Person’s Life

by Jasmine (7th grade) Negative There was a time when there were slaves Who were treated wrong even when they behaved My ancestors were beaten, whipped and killed They became angered, soulless and people who had no will They didn’t do anything wrong or bad But the Europeans and Salesmen were glad Because they would…

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