A Student Poem for Earth Day

Posted April 22, 2020 & filed under mentor text, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

 

Hope for the World

(Inspired by a Mark Rothko Painting)

 

Anger, what has our world become?

Pollution, smoking, and all sorts of bad

Things. What has our world become?

As Earth orbits the sun, as more time

Passes, anger conquers our

World. What has our world become?

Look at our oceans. There’s trash

As far as the eye can

See. What has our world become?

You hear sounds of anger

All around. Even you have felt the

Pain. What has our world become?

But do you see that white line?

That is hope. Hope for our world.

So, as you look around, ask yourself,

“What can I do to help this world

To conquer anger, as it did conquer us?”

 

By Sophie, 4th grade

Celebrate Earth Day with Writers in the Schools

Posted April 18, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Houston school children will celebrate Mother Earth at A Light in the Forest this Sunday afternoon at the Houston Arboretum. Please join us!

Who: Talented students from HISD schools

What: Come hear students from the WITS program read their nature-inspired poems, essays, and stories in celebration of Earth Day.

When: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

WhereHouston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive (map)

Cost: FREE and open to the public

Sponsors: Shell Oil Company, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Kroger, The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, Copy.com, and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

WITS Presents A Light in the Forest Reading Tomorrow

Posted April 19, 2011 & filed under Notebook.


What: Come hear students from the WITS program read their nature-inspired poems, essays, and stories in celebration of Earth Day. View clips from last year’s reading on YouTube .

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Where: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive (map)

Cost: Free and open to the public

Sponsors: Shell Oil Company, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Kroger, The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, Copy.com, and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

To learn more about upcoming events in the Houston Young Writers Reading series, click here.

WITS congratulates the following students who were chosen to participate in this year’s celebration:

Alyssa Alcala
Jocelyn Andrade
Alexander Berlew Arriaga
Justin Baxstrom
Richard Boone
Celeste Chamberlin
Thomas Chang
Marcela Chavez
Christina Chen
Deisy Cisneros
Alvara Covarrubias
Nataly Dominguez
Henry Donjuan
Ethan Dulin
Ibtissam El-Miaari
Cassandra Faz
Heather Hayes
Mac Holmes
Traneece Jones
Yosselin Leon
Yasmine Mejia
Jennifer Molina
Anthony Moreno
Logan Ramirez
Desiray Rios
Ramiro Rosas
Harshindra Sanamvenkata
Luke Stodghill
Robert Wadsworth
Amy Williamson

Earth, Teach Me

Posted April 22, 2010 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

Earth, teach me to fly like the birds
And to love like them because they sing to everyone
Earth, teach me to grow like the trees and grow up to make paper
And to be tall like them so I can play basketball
Earth, help me camouflage and hide like all the clever animals
Earth, help me to be strong like the bear
And teach me to turn different colors like the leaves of fall
Earth, I just want to be silly like the squirrels that have no worries
As they run around and run around looking for acorns.

By Amos, 3rd grade
[photo by NASA from Apollo mission]

apad2This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.

El océano es mi mamá (The Ocean is My Mom)

Posted April 7, 2009 & filed under Poem of the Day.

El océano es mi mamá.
Le digo –dame de comer pez gato!-
Le digo –asústame!- y cuando estoy caminando
Me avienta unas olas que me lastiman y unos
Tiburoncitos chiquitos.
Le digo hazme guapo y me viste con conchas,
alga marinas, estrellas de mar, y perlas brillantes.
Mi mamá es el océano
Con la arena me abraza,
Con el agua me acaricia,
Y con el aire me da un beso.

 

Translation:

The ocean is my mom.
I say to her, “Give me catfish to eat!”
I say, “Scare me”
And when I’m walking
She throws big waves and tiny sharks at
Me that hurt me.
I tell her, “Make me look handsome”
And she dresses me with sea shells,
Seaweeds, star fish, and shiny pearls.
My mom is the ocean,
With the sand she hugs me,
With the water she caresses me,
And with the air she kisses me.

By Fernando, 1st grade

apad2
This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.