Japanese Cherries: The Failure of Falling

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It is, but it isn’t there at all. I know that now. Sit with me a while, tell me of the blossoms, the blossoms of the cherry tree. It’s not, but it is. Uncompromisingly understanding, everything yet nothing at all of the things that I have failed to do, quit midway. What is it to… Read more »

A Poet

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When a poet stares at time, everything stops. When a poet loves, he freezes, and his heart bursts open like an over-ripe banana. When a poet thinks, he is so happy he will melt of happiness. When a poet is angry, he will go crazy. When a poet is sad, he will cry to death…. Read more »

More from WITS Intern Eriel

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And I’m back! Spring Break came and went. As I’m wrapping up a fourth semester at the University of Houston, the Travis kiddos are gearing up for their STAAR  (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness ) exams. The comic book lesson went very well! MaryScott kicked off the lesson by discussing conflict and characters, before… Read more »

Sign Up for A Poem a Day in April!

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This April you can celebrate National Poetry Month through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) email campaign, A Poem a Day. If you sign up, WITS will email  a child’s poem to you each weekday during the month of April. All poems featured in A Poem a Day are written and read aloud by WITS students in grades K-12. Sign up today and then… Read more »

Between the Lines: An International Writing Program

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If you are a writer between the ages of 16-19, don’t miss out on a opportunity to apply to Between the Lines, a program that brings youth to the University of Iowa for a creating writing program with youth from around the world. This year features two sessions, one connecting youth from the US with writers… Read more »

WITS Writer Featured in Best American Essays

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Miah Arnold taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS) for over a decade in numerous settings, including at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  Her beautiful essay, “You Owe Me,” chronicles her profound experiences working with children who come from all over the world to be treated at the hospital. Her essay originally was… Read more »

Bunny in the Grass

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When I walk through tall grass I pretend I see a bunny Hop, hop, hoppity, hop I chase him and find out where he likes to hide I am quiet so I don’t make him mad When it’s time to go home I hop By Jillian, 2nd grade

5 Writers Tell Us How WITS Teaching Transformed Them: Susan Bernstein

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Susan Naomi Bernstein’s most recent book is Teaching Developmental Writing, Fourth Edition. Her articles on basic writing, social justice, and learning differences have been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Journal of Basic Writing, Modern Language Studies, and elsewhere. She is a past co-chair of the Council on Basic Writing and a past co-editor… Read more »

Seder

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Every spring we celebrate Passover with family and friends. We gather together not just to pass food, but to pass love. We remember the story of the Jewish people and their escape from slavery. We eat matzoh and hard boiled eggs and parsley dipped in salt water. The adults drink lots of wine while we… Read more »

If You Want to Swim

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If you want to swim, you must become a fish chopping through the waves, slowly moving forward As you swim you pass many roses, some overgrown At the end you find…nothing. By Spencer, 8th grade

Calling Houston’s Youth Poets: Space City Slam!

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Calling all teen poets and writers! Share your words through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Meta-Four Houston performance poetry program: • All youth ages 13-19 are invited to compete in the Space City Slam. • The winners from the first four slams will compete in the Grand Slam for the chance to represent Houston in… Read more »

The Average Fourth Grader is a Better Poet than You (and Me Too)

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Please visit Harriet, the literary blog for the Poetry Foundation, so that you can read Hannah Gamble’s guest post “The Average Fourth Grader is a Better Poet Than You (and Me Too).” Hannah explains how teaching 3rd-6th graders in Houston, Texas, with Writers in the Schools (WITS) made her a better poet. Hannah, former editor… Read more »

WITS Meta-Four Youth Perform TODAY!

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FREE TO THE PUBLIC Saturday March 16, 2013 1:45-5 PM at Houston Public Library 500 McKinney Texan-French Alliance for the Arts invites all Houstonians to celebrate the Open the Door kick-off at the Central Library Plaza in front of the Houston Public Library. Join us for workshops, music, theater, visual arts, and live performances! Support… Read more »

Free Event for Arts Educators

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Join Houston Arts Partners at its first professional development event for teaching artists! What: “Cracking the Code: TEKS, TAKS, and STAAR Tools for Artists in the Classroom,” a free workshop for arts educators When: 1-5 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013 Where: Houston Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX, 77002 This seminar will show teaching artists how… Read more »

When I’m Not in School

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When I’m not in school I stay up late and read books in bed I stay in my pajamas until lunchtime No one says a word If I want to ride my bike or play video games, I do That’s what I like when I’m not in school No one says a word By Lorelie,… Read more »

Going to the Zoo

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Going to the zoo is more fun than staying home. It’s more fun than going to school or doing chores or eating lima beans. Going to the zoo means seeing rattlesnakes and pythons, egrets and spider monkeys, cougars and panthers. Going to the zoo makes me feel like I live in a different place, not… Read more »

PBS Writing Contest for Children K-3

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Want a fun writing activity to do over spring break?  Help your K-3 child enter the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest! Children write and illustrate their own stories and then enter them for a chance to win cool prizes.  First place finishers will go on to represent Houston in the national contest. Entry deadline… Read more »

Houston Kids, It’s the Space City Season of Slam!

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March 22 (Fri) Mercury Slam @ Hope Stone Studio (1210 West Clay) 7-9pm April 6 (Sat) Mars Slam @ HPL Central Library (500 McKinney) 10am-12pm April 26 (Fri) Saturn Slam @ Hope Stone Studio (1210 West Clay) 7-9pm May 4 (Sat) Pluto Wild-card Slam @ HPL Heights Neighborhood Library (1302 Heights Blvd.) 10am-12pm May 11… Read more »

Markers Are Better Than Crayons

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I was surprised to realize this past Tuesday marked my seventh week with Travis. The time really has flown by! I’ve learned so much from my shadowing of MaryScott, and unexpectedly, from the kids as well. Here are a few things I’ve realized from my time as a WITS intern in the classroom: 1) If children… Read more »