"I was excited today to see a professional writer perform. I again went during 3rd period and got to watch Tyehimba Jess, a professional writer and poet. He shared with the audience some "syncopated sonnets" that he wrote. These poems…"
"I really enjoyed Natalie Conners piece about living up to her older sisters expectations. What really stuck out to me was when she mentioned walking past her sisters hung up picture everyday in school. I thought a really strong point in her reading…"
"I got to watch The Kickback perform and I really enjoyed their music and responses to kids answers. I liked the stories and life advice the lead singer was mentioning, he seemed as if knew a lot, which was a little bit surprising to me."
"I loved having the chance to see Taylor Mali perform! We got to talk about him in class, and we saw one of his slam poetry pieces. His performance definitely topped what I expected, he was very hilarious, he seemed like a really smart and…"
"I went to writers week with my 6th period class and while we were there, there was three musical performances, and I really appreciate the extra time that those three people took to create a song instead of a poem or short story. For one writing a…"
"Today was the first day that I got to see students present and they were great. A piece that stood out to me was 'The F-Word' by Larry Ni because it spoke on large issues in sun and understanding way."
"This was my first year at writers week and I was curious what it was going to be like. Mary Fons was the person speaking during my period. Her poems were great and her story was really funny and I was looking forward to next day because of how much…"
"Aly Ferry was amazing. Hear her best friend story made me think of me and my best friend. And how we are always there for eachother no matter what. Denise was outstanding. I really thought it was gonna be a love story until the plot changed very…"
"Seeing Mabelle Zhang talk about dance and what her story is. Was so amazing. I dance with her and I now know what her story is. I knew she had some type of back problems and she tried to stop herself from dancing but she never did. And now she is…"
"Mary fons was unbelievable. She's so good at capturing the audience with her story. It was very unique and I never expected anyone to have that in life. I can't wait to read some of her blogs. This was a great way to start off my first…"
"As a close to Writer's Week, I saw The Kickback during my 8th period class and enjoyed the songs they played for us. While the head singer didn't seem to think that his music was poetry, I still appreciated the songs as a form of art that…"
"The last day of writers week, also one of the best. I enjoyed seeing the kickback because I thought they'd were very funny and they had pretty good music. I thought it was cool when one of the guitarists played metal, cause he was strumming so…"
"My favorite way to close off writers week was to listen to the songs performed by the couple of students during sixth period. During third period, the writing about the fathers made me laugh while keeping the pieces relateable and serious. Overall,…"
"On the last day of Writers Week, I saw Kevin Andrew Prchal and The Kickback. Kevin Andrew Prchal showed me how music is a reflection of your life. His songs were about instances in his life, and conversations he had. The Kickback taught me the…"
I was cruising around the EC Ning the other day and came across a Penny Kittle (a very smart teacher) blog post. In this post, she talked about the abundance of discussion and focus on summer reading among teachers yet the lack…