Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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The Feminist in Me

by Tuhfa Begum This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.   It started with an insult, when we collided at the front door of school at eight o’clock on a Monday morning and I dropped an armful of feminist…

Ode to Winter

The Snow, a blues poem by Otto O. (6th grade) Oh, the snow, the snow, the snow. The white, the warmth, the snow. I feel so good. I think you know. But then comes the rain! Oh no, not the rain! It wipes all the good snow away. And I’m upset, thanks a lot rain!…

On a New Day

On a New Day by Donnie (7th grade) On a old day. Wars were fought, people we lost. Lives were destroyed, lost in the void. People would cry, there souls would cry. Homes were gone, by the strike of dawn. But wipe your tears, didn’t you hear? Today’s a new day. On a new day….

December Days

December Days Anushka (3rd grade) Christmas lights shining like stars On a cold winter night. Snow covering trees, Like thick white blankets. Stockings hung from the fireplace, Waiting to be filled by treats. Children going To wait for old Saint Nick. They open their presents on Christmas day With joyful faces. The snow is melting…

The Music of My Life

The Music of My Life by Josephine W. (4th grade) Sometimes I hear the pitter patter of rain the sad days of rain end with a sigh In the spring I hear the sweet giggling of children the happy day of sunshine ends with a sleepy snore In the summer, I hear the rustle of children…

Candles in a Winter Wonderland

Snowballs Throughout the World by Liam (3rd grade) I’m skiing down a mountain. I’m soaring into snow. I’m watching the snowflakes as they fall from the sky. I’m building an ice castle with lots of snow. I’m lighting Hanukkah candles late at night. I’m watching football on TV at night. I’m sipping hot chocolate. I…

Going to the Theater at Age 91 (& ½)

by Lydia LaFleur When I read that the musical My Fair Lady would be having a revival at Lincoln Center this summer, I was thrilled. I had seen the original production with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison back in the late 1950s and had listened to the recording multiple times. It’s my favorite musical, with its joyous…

Thankful

T&W writer David Surface collaborated with 6th-grade students at IS 187, Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan through several writing projects designed to deepen students’ understanding of the people of ancient Mesopotamia by bringing creative writing strategies into the social studies classroom. Using ancient Sumerian sculptures of battle scenes as a starting point, students were asked: Why did the…

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