WITS is hiring!

Posted August 2, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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Want to make a difference in the lives of children? WITS is now looking for passionate, creative individuals to work with our team!

Positions currently available:

  • Program Coordinator (full-time)
  • Classroom Writer (part-time)
  • Communications Intern (part-time)

For more information and to apply please visit our Work for WITS page.

Haiku for Four Seasons

Posted July 27, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

 

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Nature all around

Birds chirping, flowers growing

Colors singing songs

by Jiho

 

Blazing hot weather

Sun rays flashing down on us

Summer is now here

by Hadi

 

In Autumn leaves fall,

And you breathe the cool crisp air

Then, our school begins

by Alexandria

 

Winter, a cold beast

Yet, gentle as a rabbit

Blanketing the ground

by Jiho

 

 

When Times Are Tough

Posted July 25, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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When times are tough, pick up a pencil

and write down your feelings and dreams.

When times are tough, believe that

things will get better.

When times are tough, pick some flowers

to give to a friend.

When times are tough, play with a

puppy, and you’ll feel better.

By Tasha, 4th Grade

My Dog, Grit

Posted July 20, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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She’s half boxer, half French bulldog

She’s cuddly

She makes me laugh

Her head is soft

Her eyes are like dark chocolate

She barks too much

But I love her more than gold

by Jocelyn, age 6

How to Be a Mermaid

Posted July 14, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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Toss glitter in the sea.

Get a mermaid tail of any color.

Loosen your hair

so it can get curly.

Stir pink on your dress.

Gather pink and white pearls

to make a mermaid city.

Use seashells for some pets.

Get some rocks for a house.

If I were a mermaid, I would be happy!

Minha, Patterson Elementary

Yellow Like a Sunflower

Posted July 12, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

sunflower-1495136_640Yellow looks like the sun shining in the sky.

Yellow sounds like a yellow bird cheeping.

I can smell yellow dandelions when they have their petals.

I can touch yellow banana peels.

I taste a yellow icing cupcake.

If yellow were a person, he would lie under the sun.

By Drake, Memorial Drive Elementary

The Tree

Posted July 11, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

winter-260838_640The tree is blowing its hair in the air

It has more than one arm, it has legs and hair

It doesn’t like to be cut down

The tree likes animals to hibernate inside it

The tree doesn’t like to be alone

He loves the animals

The tree is warm in the sun

By Addison, Lyons Elementary

Visual Poetry Exhibition Featuring WITS Students on Display

Posted July 6, 2016 & filed under Event, News, Notebook, Poem, Press, Student Writing.

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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) recently collaborated on a special project that featured WITS students and University of Houston graphic design students.  The GDRI students turned the children’s poems into graphic designs, using inspiration from various fields, including concrete poetry, expressive typography, and Dadaism. The visual poetry exhibition is currently on display in Houston’s City Hall Annex. Click here to read about this innovative project.

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Posted July 5, 2016 & filed under Fiction, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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The mast shakes.

The sail is taut and motionless.

As the wind howls, people yell.

I’m hit in the face with icy sea water. People go down and get back up.

I look over the edge of the ship and see something tap.

I look up and hope to god I’m not the only one that sees it:

a giant blue eye looking down in wonder.

By Max, 8th Grade

Boats

Posted June 22, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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Captain, take me on a ride

to a place so wonderful as I hear the

horn honk hard.

It feels like a day when you’re eating your

favorite dish for dinner.

The water vibrating through the boat

as we drive through the Seven Seas.

No matter how long it takes, I want

to go to the boat. I’ll go

No matter what.

Captain, go faster,

I want to feel the breeze.

 

by Kevin, 3rd grade

Just in Case

Posted June 15, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

Give hope

Bring a book
Write a story
Live a life
Travel around the world
Explore the forests
Swim the seas
Fly the skies
Try new things
Collect rare treasures
Create new things
Sketch a new world
Ride a dragon
Climb a mountain
Walk on a cloud
Swing through treetops
Help your family
Comfort your friends
Be a kind person
Hold life in your hands
Give hope
Show hope
Live in hope
Do all this
Just in case

by Virginia, 5th grade

Meta-Four Students Recording at SugarHill Studio

Posted June 14, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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This Saturday, June 18th, the Meta-Four Houston students will have the honor of recording their poetry at the world famous SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas. SugarHill has generously donated their time and expertise to give our students the experience of a lifetime!

Some other famous names that have have recorded at SugarHill (maybe you’ve heard of them?) The Rolling Stones, Freddy Fender, The Big Bopper, George Jones, Smash Mouth, Destiny’s Child, Archie Bell and The Drells… the list goes on!

We are so grateful to share these opportunities with our students. Stay tuned for pictures from the upcoming session!

Art + Poetry in the Downtown Tunnels

Posted June 2, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

gdri2WITS has partnered with the University of Houston-Downtown’s GDRI (Graphic Design Research Initiative) program to turn WITS students’ poetry into visual works of art! These works are on display now in the tunnel below Houston’s Downtown City Hall.

This traveling visual poetry exhibition uses techniques from fields that include concrete poetry, expressive typography, and visual literature, getting inspiration from dada-ism and futurism.

Painters use strokes and color schemes to express emotions on the canvas. Writers use words and stories to communicate emotion on the page. This exhibition celebrates the intersection of both worlds.

 

This partnership was made possible through the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance. Printing support generously provided by Seebridge Media

To Mom: Branch

Posted June 1, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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Someone brought me a branch

Little tiny bugs work inside like ants
I felt happy when I got it
So many ideas of what to build

Someone brought me a branch

by Sa’nia, 1st grade

My Story is in My Hands

Posted May 27, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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My story is in my hands.
My hands help me taste good food and feel soft blankets.
My hands help me hear the piano and smell flowers.
My hands help me see a book.
My story is in my hands.

by Frida, 1st grade

Love Poem for a Cloud

Posted May 20, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

In the morning when the sun rises I imagine you

as someone I love who has passed away.

My eyes hunt for you when I am sad or mad.

I cherish your lovely whiteness.

You make my eyes water with happiness.

I adore your fluffiness that is softer than a dog.

Nothing will separate us, not even the wind that howls.

Our love is stronger than a lollipop.

I cherish you like a dog who cuddles with me.

In the evening I look up into the dark sky to find you.

I wait to read you a book.

By Kennedy, 2nd Grade

I Love Black

Posted May 17, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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Black is the night sky while you are sleeping.

Black is the sound of a crow chirping through the day.

Black smells like shoes on your feet.

Black feels spiky and hard, like a dinosaur’s spikes.

Black tastes like steak that was burned in the oven.

Black goes outside and jumps on a black horse.

 

by Drake, 3rd grade

Paged Out on May 6th

Posted May 2, 2016 & filed under Notebook.

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Meta-Four Houston poets Rukmini and Donald are organizing a youth slam event that will take place on May 6th. Please join us at 6 pm at Sharpstown High School in Houston.

 

Outspoken Bean Promotes Spoken Word at the Red Cloud Indian School

Posted & filed under Notebook.

fb-Banner-Visiting-Poet-Series-Bean-1Oustpoken Bean motivated and inspired the students at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota over the weekend. Many of the students there already perform spoken word, participate in an on-campus writers’ society, and attend Dances with Words, a reservation-wide, afterschool program that holds interactive writing workshops.

Outspoken Bean worked with students as part of the Visiting Poet Series, launched by The Heritage Center and Red Cloud teachers.

“What I want students to take away from these workshops is the desire to explore beyond where they are—to use whatever talent and skills they have to expand and broaden their horizons,” said Bean.

See more at: http://www.redcloudschool.org/news/20160420/visiting-poet-series-spurs-students-passion-for-spoken-word#sthash.bmkbzPR3.dpuf