Hope for the World (Inspired by a Mark Rothko Painting)

Posted December 6, 2019 & filed under mentor text, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.



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

Give Me

Posted October 5, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

Give me the fresh air you breathe.

Give me a duck that walks all night.

Give me a boot to wear.

Give me Abraham Lincoln in his chair.

Give me a Boom Box so I can hear.

Give me a teacher holding my hand.

Give me a man cheering for hope.

Give me an arrow to show which way to go.

Give me a woman holding a baby.

Give me the number, counting five.

Give me the water for my boat.

Give me a bird flying through the air.

Give me all the good things that life can bring.

By Troishel, 4th Grade