Questions – A Gem from our Sloat Poetry Residency

Patrick, one of our Sloat Poetry Residency alumni, submitted one of his pieces from the residency to a contest and won! We are pleased and proud to reprint his poem here.

Questions

Is
rain
the tears of god?

And why hasn’t god been crying lately,
there is so much to cry about?

Why don’t fish go to preeschool,

and learn how to share?

Why do some kids hate preeschool?

And why do some of the
smartest people on the planet
have few friends?

Why is there so much discrimination
in the world?

Why can’t people that are so much
the same yet so different be friends?

Why do people be unkind to people
only slightly different than themselves?

Why can’t people be friends?

Why can’t I spell freainds right?

Why do people have to yell to be
heard as a whisper?

If I were to ask the man on the
moon why he is so silent
would he answer?

Why do I say what I write in my
head as I write it?

Why Is the world so complex
yet so simple?

What trigered the big bang?

What is Luck?

Why does the human race
have such a major sweet-tooth?

Why is the human race never
satisfied nor content?

Why does the earth greive
when the sun goes down and dawns
its black cloak?

Why do people get sick?

Why is it when I ask
a question I get the answer no,
more than yes?

By Patrick

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Secret Writers at Glenview Elementary

Glenview Elementary’s 3rd-5th graders have been writing about “Secrets” this fall. They created secret identities, recipes, mysteries…the rest we can’t tell ;)!

Here are some of their creations from a day working on secret codes:
 
 

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Aidan left you clues at the bottom. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Languages

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about languages: Imagine that you suddenly woke up in another country and no one could understand a word you said. What would you do?

 

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Dreams

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt comes from our October newsletter – write about the last DREAM you remember.

Start a dream journal – keep it near your bed and jot down your dream right when you wake up. The ideas from your dream may help with your next story! (Check out our newsletter for other great writing ideas & subscribe to receive it every month)

 

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Post-season baseball is on our minds these days (sorry DC/Northern Virigina friends, but we are big Giants fans!).  Today is a free write – we’ll be writing about all things BASEBALL!

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Join THE WORD PARTY in Oakland!

Join “The Word Party!” at the Oakland Public Library Dimond Branch!

A FREE class for kids ages 8-13!

Do you love Why Not Write Wednesday? Celebrate WNWW monthly with us at the Dimond Branch Library (3565 Fruitvale Avenue). Each class will have a different theme – join us for one or all of them!

Info: Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45pm
November 12 & December 10, 2014
January 14, February 11, March 11 & April 13, 2015

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What Do We Share in Common with the Common Core?

Common Core StandardsThe common core standards put an emphasis on three different kinds of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. Our classes allow students to explore these forms while also being encouraged to experiment without worrying about tests and other constraints. Comfort with formulating ideas with words combined with a positive association with writing better prepares kids for the new common core challenges.

“Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” CoreStandards.org

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We Convert Reluctant Writers

Does your child resist writing? Our aim is to engage children’s imaginations while exposing them to the adventure of writing. Often, even by third grade, kids have decided they don’t like writing or that they’re “no good” at it. Our mission is to change their minds by creating an environment that fosters independence, a sense of belonging and competence. Parents agree with us:

“I was hopeful but a bit doubtful at first that Nataly would enjoy a creative writing class – after all, writing would have to compete with electronic games and television — but due to the excellent program and WONDERFUL instructor, she had a great experience!  Now she views writing more as an exciting challenge, a chance to “find her own voice” and express herself, and less as a chore full of worries about spelling and punctuation.  I would highly recommend TMWFI!”
- Larry, parent

“I have always been hesitant to do academic enrichment after a long day at
school but this class was amazing. We and his teacher have noticed a BIG difference in his writing and more importantly his enjoyment of writing.

This is the boy who beforehand did not like to write at all and sped
through every assignment he was given. Now he is writing up a storm and
making comic books with his friends at school.”
- KB, parent

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Song Parodies!

 

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One of the best ways to stimulate your creativity is to recreate something that already exists and make it funny. This is done in art, movies, music and more, and you can do it through your writing!

For instance, take the lyrics to your favorite song and make them fit a theme: recess or Pokemon or cooking dinner. You’ll get some really funny results — you can sing along too!

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Why Not Write Wednesday?: Fighting for a Cause

 

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Do you have a cause you’re passionate about? Maybe it’s saving the environment, or promoting equality, or protecting animal rights. Your cause can be universal or more personal (maybe it’s protecting your little brother from bullies) but nonetheless, one of the best ways to get these opinions heard is to write them out.

To do so, here are a few prompts you could follow below:

 

Is there something going on in the world (big or small) that you want to change? Why?

If you had a chance to change this issue, how would you do so?

What does a world where this issue is resolved look like?

Why are you upset, or impassioned by this cause?

What sort of impact do you want to have on the world?

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