Chop, Wham, Bam!

Posted April 9, 2014 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Chop, wham, bam!

That’s the way

to start your day!

You don’t need


You don’t need


Chop, wham, bam!

Be your own

energy drink.

Be your own


by Franklin, 5th grade



Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by DioMarvellous Nsopor, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Tabata Tribal Beat” by Tabata Song. Produced by Susan Phillips.

This poem is featured as part of the 2014 Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.



Original post published: August 27, 2013

Onomatopoeia for Everyone

Posted June 4, 2013 & filed under Notebook.



Each and every word comes with its own secret powers. Onomatopoeia is special device that a writer uses by choosing words that actually sound like what they mean. Here are a few examples:

the buzz of a bee

the jingle of a bell

the slam of a door

Here are a few examples of onomatopoeia that WITS students have used in their writing:

My Heart


Slow Beauty

Feel free to give onomatopoeia a try and share it in the comment section below.