Poetic Power

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Language Arts Grant: Winners Respond

Each year, Creative Communication awards $12,500 to schools to help build their language arts programs. We have received wonderful feedback on the unique ways in which teachers are using their grant money to help grow their program and increase their students’ learning. Here are some of the responses we have received from teachers throughout the United States and Canada.

Val Marchione from Vacaville Christian Middle School:

Thank you for the opportunity to work with the Creative Communication program. It has been a valuable tool for our school to encourage and develop our young writers. Seeing their work in print and sharing it with others has motivated them and strengthened our program.

Thank you so much for the 2011 grant from the poetry contest. We used the money to pay for a venue to host our first ever “Night on the Red Carpet” community gala event to showcase our writers and their works, both in written form and in performance. We hope to make this an annual event where students and the community are inspired by the works of our young people.

Thank you — Val Marchione Vacaville Christian Middle School


Angela McSurly from Brookville Intermediate School:

On behalf of my eighth grade students and myself, we want to formally thank you for the $250 grant money you awarded us this year. We used the money to purchase a document camera.

In my Language Arts classroom, I run a writing workshop, which is centered around giving students time to write on topics of their choice. We have been especially focused on using mentor texts and reading like writers so that we can pick up on real authors’ techniques and apply them to our own writing. The document camera has allowed students to share examples of superb writing that they find during their daily encounters with literature for the whole class to see and study. We have also been incorporating a lot of art with our writing, and the document camera allows the students to see these details as well. It has become such a key tool in my classroom that there is not one day that goes by where I don’t use it, even if it is to simply share a piece of writing a student wrote.

I appreciate all Creative Communication does in providing students with an authentic audience to write for. I find that having an authentic audience to write for is essential to a quality writing experience. Thank you Creative Communication!

Sincerely — Angela McSurley and the Eighth Grade Students at Brookville Intermediate School

Congratulations to these great teachers! Thank you for all that you do for your students and your community.

To view the 2012 grant winners, click here.

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Featured Student Writer: Aubrey Beard

Aubrey Beard is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Odessa Middle School. Her essay, “Lake”, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our national essay contest for K-12 students in the United States and Canada. You can read her winning essay here.

Aubrey’s inspiration for her essay came from time spent with family and friends. “I wrote the essay ‘Lake’ because some of my best memories are from the times I have spent at the lake with my family and friends. It is always so much fun. We knee board and tube and spend all weekend in the water.”

Aubrey enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. She hopes to one day play one of these sports in the Olympics. She would like to go to college and either become a Pediatrician or a teacher.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Kaitlin Kilby

Image“Speaking has its way,
Of scarring one’s heart.
Once there are too many words,
It simply falls apart…”

“Silently Spoken”, written by 14-year-old Kaitlin Kilby, was selected as one of the ten best poems written in her age division in North America.  Kaitlin is in 9th grade and lives in Missouri with her mom, dad, younger brother, and dog.  In her free time, she enjoys playing field hockey, hanging out with her friends, singing and playing piano, and of course writing and reading.  She enjoys writing poems, fictional stories, and songs.  This is the first poetry contest that she has ever entered.  You can read her entire beautiful poem here.

“‘Silently Spoken’ was inspired by the title itself,” Kaitlin explains. “One day, my class was assigned to find opposite words in the dictionary and put them together to create a sort of oxymoron.  The day we had to turn in a poem to the contest, I didn’t have any previous poems that were 21 lines or less. I looked at my list of oxymorons and came across silently spoken, a perfect name for a poem.  I went to the computer and just started typing 21 lines of what reminded of silence and how it comes across to others.  The poem is mainly saying that you can’t trust anyone but yourself, and you are you. A person’s silence is basically their thoughts, and the bad thoughts are what shatter everyone they are thinking about, hence the line: ‘Silence is much more terrifying, For it steals someone’s dreams.’ It has to do with my middle school experience, and that you can’t let someone ruin your ideas, your choices, your opinions, or you at all.  Judging is a part of life, but if you can overcome it and be yourself, no one can steal your dreams.”

Kaitlin is undecided about her future plans, but her interests include architecture, interior design, writing, and music.  She is also interested in becoming a prosecuting attorney.  Kaitlin plans to go to college and travel to Europe.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Cailey Horn

ImageSenior Cailey Horn attends Rabun County High School in California.  Her poem, “Transience”, was selected as a Top Ten Winner for the Spring 2012 poetry contest.  You can view her winning poem here.

Cailey’s hobbies include writing, painting, drawing, and reading.  “The inspiration for my poem came from seeing an abandoned house on my street, and watching it endure the hardships of decay night after night.” Cailey explains.

After graduation Cailey plans to pursue a degree in English education and creative writing.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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