Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Teacher: Kim Straub – Red Bud Elementary School

IMG_1687Kim Straub is the 8th grade language arts teacher of Warren Stolte, a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for the poem “Band Classroom.”

This is my tenth year of encouraging my students to participate in Creative Communication’s poetry contest and the first year that a student’s submission has been selected for the top ten best poems. For my students, the contest has always generated an excitement and enthusiasm for writing. Even in this age of technology, students still love seeing their very own words, feelings, and ideas put into print and published in an attractive, hardcover book they can hold in their hands, share with their family and friends, and keep on their bookshelf. Beginning the school year with a poetry unit teaches students to understand the importance of word choice, tone, and mood in all of their writing throughout the year. Submitting their poems to Creative Communications for possible publication provides for my students an exciting conclusion to our poetry unit . Poetry projects come and go, but this is one I plan on continuing every year I teach.

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Featured Student Author: Oliver Adams

IMG_1423Oliver is a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for his poem “Flurries.”

I am a 12 year old boy, that likes sports and English class. My English teacher told me about the contest because she said we could write an entry for a class party. It was the Halloween party, but I was thinking about winter and snow because it was around the corner. I actually didn’t write it there though. The next week I was asleep, and woke up from a dream about snow. I got the idea right then and there. It was one in the morning and my parents told me to go back to sleep. I wrote the poem anyways.

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Featured Student Author: Sonya Dabbs

Sonya DabbsSonya is a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for her poem “The Old Elm.”

My name is Sonya Dabbs and I am 8 years old. I have always loved reading and writing—you can learn so much! Sometimes, when you write, you can imagine, feel, and teach yourself things you never knew before. That is an amazing thing to experience!

I was inspired to write “The Old Elm” when I saw and heard the story of the 1,000-year-old elm tree, which lives in my Mom’s hometown of Sliven, Bulgaria. It was such an amazing sight and story, that I knew I had to write about it to express the emotions I felt. I love nature and often write about it—it feels as if it comes alive on my page. I know that whatever I do in the future, it will always include writing.

Thank you for choosing me to be a Top Ten winner; my family and I are very happy.

 

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