If I were the dog, at Thanksgiving I would say:
That chopped liver smells good.
I hope they drop some turkey.
I want to taste that.
I think I see dessert.
This is so noisy.
When is it going to be over?
I think I like everything here.
I will just jump on the table.
I can fly like a bird. Whee!
I am invincible like a zombie.
Splat! Sorry about that.
Darn, that was strawberry icing.
By Benjamin, 2nd grade
[Photo by Robert Terrell via Flickr]
from the WITS archives of 2010
When I’m scared, I jump
That’s what my grandma told me
Don’t let anything make you scared
Jump, jump, jump!
By Alaisha, 4th Grade
Once I was the wind.
I swayed in the trees.
My friends were in the air.
I pushed leaves and I blew ﬂowers
and the ﬂowers fell to the ground.
I heard birds chirping.
I pushed the wood chips on the playground
where the kids were playing
and I whistled by,
ﬂying in the breeze.
by Ava, 1st grade
Writers in the Schools (WITS)
My voice gallops like a horse through thunder.
My voice echoes like a mad sea in a storm.
My voice chants for Big Red as he crosses the finish line.
My voices whispers like a strong wind in the night.
My voice sings like a robin in the dust.
by Carrie, age 8
Twisting, turning inside
This is not the end
I have hope, a purpose
Black field of scars
I will survive
I will turn onto the
white road of happiness.
By Alanna, 17
I am a blank canvas, but I can be more.
I can be a can of soup
Or a pile of old clothes.
I can be a boy yelling, “Catch me if you can.”
I can be a blue pyramid,
But small not big.
I can be a statue thinking what to do.
But, right now I am here waiting for someone
To come and paint me. Right now
I am a blank canvas.
It is ok to be blank.
I see all the possibility I could be.
It is ok just being me.
by Kenna, 5th Grade
Don’t be afraid
to tumble into a
Don’t assume that my
fear tiptoes or that
you can hear whispers of
lies, cheating, and cries
will leap forth into
an ocean of dreams
After the light dreams
blossom into laughs, joy,
passion, and hope.
By Alonzo, age 18
I’m falling into this weather
like a leaf
I’m tumbling and floating
It’s my favorite time of year
By Chelsea, 3rd Grade
I’m a Virgo girl
a little self-centered and critical
picky about everything under the sun
annoyed by incompetence
skeptical about you, yes you
but you want me around
because I’m smart and practical
a storehouse of information
a powerhouse of energy
and yes, I can do it all,
on time and perfectly because
I’m a Virgo girl.
By Shelly, 7th grade
Yesterday I went skateboarding with my family at the skate park near my house. Seattle’s boyfriend Duvall also came along. When we arrived there, it took about twenty minutes just to get our skateboards out and our wrist guards on. I love my skateboard. It is so cool. It has a skull and fire on the underside. I walked into the park. In front of me was basically a giant hole filled with cement skateboarding ramps. I tried to go down the biggest ramp. BAM. I fell. My butt was probably bruised, and I felt like quitting.
“Get up, you should try something smaller,” my dad said to me.
I walked over to the smallest ramp and went down. The first few times I fell, but my dad helped me by catching me when I fell. After a while I started to get the hang of it.
“It was really fun!” I said when we left. “I want to do that again!”
by Magnolia, 3rd Grade
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamed there was a spider
in my heart.
He was beautiful,
and he tickled me with his
eight tiny legs crawling up.
I felt so happy because
I finally had a brother.
He was red and blue
and smelled like honey.
He wove another heart,
with his web.
by David, 3rd Grade
Here is a contest announcement from Guinness World Records® for writers ages 7-12:
Celebrate 60 Years with the Guinness World Records®
60 Years/60 Words Challenge!
For the past 60 years, Guinness World Records has inspired millions of people to achieve record-breaking feats. To celebrate these amazing feats, Guinness World Records is launching the 60 Years/60 Words Challenge on September 8, 2014.
Kids 7–12 can enter this national competition by selecting their favorite GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record and telling about it in EXACTLY 60 words! The entries can be poems, raps, videos, posters and/or short essays, but they each must include PRECISELY 60 words!
The competition winner will earn a $500 scholarship, a copy of the Guinness World Records 2015 book, their photo in the 2016 book, and a $500 grant for his/her school. 10 semifinalists will win a copy of the Guinness World Records 2015 book.
Kids can enter online or at www.60words.guinnessworldrecords.com. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and representation of the record. The competition ends December 1, 2014.
Educators, youth groups, and parents can also access fun English Language Arts activities on the website under the Parents and Educators/Youth Groups buttons. These activities get kids’ creative juices flowing!
My favorite toy was a bird that could fly.
It was blue, red and yellow with a black beak
and its eyes were greenish blue.
Its feathers were soft and thin.
It looked real and could hatch eggs.
My parents gave it to me one Christmas.
It felt fluffy and could sing and talk.
I used to play with it all the time but then I lost it.
Some days I still look for it.
But where on earth has it gone?
I do not know,
maybe it was so real that it flew away.
by Emily, 3rd Grade
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth sponsors the Creative Minds Writing Contest. Submissions should be creative nonfiction by authors aged 18 or younger. Here is more information from their website:
The first-place winner will be published in the January/February issue of Imagine. Second- and third-place winners will be excerpted in print and published in full online. Winners will receive copies of the issue in which their work appears. Winners will be announced in the Jan/Feb issue of Imagine and on the Imagine website. Contest Guidelines: Entrants must be 18 years old or younger. Entries must be received by 5:00 ET on Friday, November 7, 2014. There is no theme or topic for this competition. Essays may be any work of creative nonfiction including, but not limited to, memoirs, personal essays, travel writing, and lyric essays. We will not accept book reports, critical works, or research papers. Essays must not exceed 1,000 words and must be titled. Entrants may submit up to two essays. Entries must include text only. Do not include photographs, illustrations, or background graphics or colors. Essays must be entrant’s original work. Essays that have won other contests or that have appeared in any print or online publications are not eligible. Save all essays in a single Microsoft Word document with your last name as the file name. Submit your entry online here.
I woke up,
and saw darkness.
When I got outside,
the sun was rising over the horizon.
the color of my skin.
The school’s fence,
as black as the dark sky.
by Jose, 5th Grade
I work hard all day until
my head hurts
and my fingers cramp
and my brain aches.
I work until I feel
like I’ve been hit
by a train but
more work to do.
Man, I need a
By Daniel, 4th grade
My wish for you is to
Hear the noisy bumblebee buzzing
Feel the thickness of dough when making cherry pie
See the peace of nature
Smell the cinnamon pinewood on a holiday
Taste tart limes in tasty limeade
My wish for you is to
Learn to be yourself no matter what people say
My wish for you is to
Hear wind-chimes on a windy day
Feel softness of a special stuffed animal
See the strength of yourself
Smell the sweetness of desserts in a bakery
Taste the meat of a tasty coconut
My wish for you is to
Learn that you are you and nobody can change that
by Layla, 3rd Grade
It’s a brand new day
sun is up and so am I
hair in braids
shoes all tied
I’m ready to go
lunch is packed
Mom’s been kissed
dog’s been hugged
butterflies are everywhere
It’s a brand new day
By Jordana, 4th grade
Here is an announcement from Creative Communication, the headquarters for youth writing contests, about their SUMMER POETRY and ESSAY CONTESTS for students in grades K-12:
The purpose of our poetry and essay contest is to bring recognition to student writers. Winners share thousands in cash and prizes. In addition to the winning entries, other entries of high merit are accepted to be published in our hard-bound anthology. With the publication being regionally based, students are competing against their peers in both age and location. Within the guidelines of accepting less than 50% of the poems and essays that are entered in each contest, the contest is selective so that it is an honor to be accepted, yet not so exclusive that it is discouraging to enter. Unlike many other organizations who sponsor writing contests, there is no entry fee and no required purchase in order to become published. We take pride in the fact that our staff is comprised of teachers, professors and writers.
For each contest, the top ten entries in each grade division will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.
To find out more and to submit your work, click here. Good luck, Writers! The deadline is August 31st!
Her heart is like the most delicate tapestry
If you tear it, it takes months to fix it
His heart is like a boulder
A boulder may be large, but it is also cold
My heart is like a warm fireplace
It comforts those who the winds of despair and the snows of darkness have made cold
Look deep inside you and find out what your heart is
By Katie Giveon, 5th grade, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart