Hi 7th hour!
Today at Writers Week we saw the following student presenters: Nicole Pfister; Hanna Cushing; Emily Kivland; Insiya Syed; Kristina Chen; Jayne DePaolis; Jared Swenson; Imama Khawaja.
Choose at least three of these writers and write about what you liked best about their writing/presentation. Give specific details from their presentation to clearly illustrate what you liked/admired. “She was good” is NOT enough of a response here!
Again, read what people ahead of you have already written about and see if you can come up with something new as well as responding directly to what people have already written.
One of my favorite performers from today was Emily Kivland, specifically her second poem. Her second poem was about all the violence we see on the news today and it really captured my attention. The way she described the mother holding her dying child in the street really struck me. I think what made her performance so powerful was her tone when reciting the poem. It was very strong and you can even hear the pain in her voice. Her gestures went with her words very well and they suited the topic of her writing. She also impressed me again by how she memorized the whole thing. It takes a lot of courage to read your writing in front of such a large audience but having it memorized shows us how professional she is.
Another great performer was Nicole Pfister. Her diary entries were really funny and it reminded me of my own childhood because I also had a diary with really embarrassing stories. I liked how she was able to share about her childhood with the audience but also make a lesson out of it. It was cool to literally hear how she changed from year to year in just the writing in her journals. I liked her message of loving yourself and that it's okay to be different from everyone else. I think it's a great topic to talk about because many teenagers struggle with self image and desperately try to fit in with the rest of society.
I also really enjoyed Insiya Syed's performance on how to be the "perfect brown girl". I enjoyed this piece because the overall tone of it was very sarcastic. Although I could not relate to this performance personally, I could tell that many people around me did with their laughter and comments. Her writing showed us the ridiculous expectations the "aunties" had for potential woman to marry their sons. It was interesting to see the difference between two different cultures, and listen to another example of women trying to change themselves for someone else's needs. I also liked how at the end, she didn't say anything about how you don't have to change yourself for someone to like you because her jokes and sarcastic already told us that she didn't approve of it.