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

Do You Know the Answer?

Posted April 21, 2009 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Why is the sky blue during the day and dark blue at night?
Why do leaves float in the air?
How do stars sing to the moon?
When do horses talk to us?
When do books fly?
Who made rain red?
Who falls in love with the storm?
Where does the sun hide?
Does the day kiss the night?
Does the mountain run to the ocean?
How can we dream of the future?


By Monica, 4th grade
[photo by mitchelkat2000 via flickr]

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.

Master Puppeteers

Posted April 11, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

This week my first graders practiced writing questions to animals. During circle time, we talked about how all questions end with the question mark. I also told the students that the words “Who, What, When, Where, Why, How,” are some words that help writers begin questions.

As a group, we practiced writing questions to an eagle–I brought in a stuffed animal of an eagle for the students to look at. During individual writing time, each student got a finger puppet to help inspire his questions.

Questions for Octopus

Why do you have 8 legs?
When do you sleep?
How can you swim in the water?
What do you eat? Tell me.
Do you talk in the water?
Where do you learn to swim and live?
How can you be big?
Do you go in land?

By Bruce, 1st Gradeamy lin

Answers to last week’s riddles:

A clock, an oyster. Congrats to this reader who got the correct answers.

Posted by Amy Lin, Writers in the Schools