Crafting a Poem


One of the assignments every West Ridge student completes in seventh grade is writing an original poem.

This composition is a process piece:  after spending time reading and discussing mentor text poems, students spend time independently exploring our school library’s large collection of poetry.  After experimenting with possibilities in their writer’s notebooks, students then draft, conference, revise, edit, and publish their own poems.

Below are just a handful of the 130 poems written this December.  Each is accompanied by an author’s note that provides insight into the writer’s inspiration for the poem and experience in writing it.

“At First Glance” by Aoibhin

“The Beach” by Charlie

“The Team” by Benjamin T.

“The Whale Shark Swims” by Ava

“Unless…” by Daniel L.

“A Surprise in the Lake” by Brittany

“Snowflake” by Avery

“I Stand at the Block” by Cannon

“Hunger Games Poem” by Charan

“Flying High” by Emaan


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A Closer Look at A Christmas Carol



Take a look at Charles Dickens’ original manuscript of A Christmas Carol:


Scroll through Dickens’ handwritten manuscript page by page by clicking HERE.

Turn the pages by using the buttons in the upper left corner. Zoom in to more clearly see Dickens’ revisions by using the controls at the bottom of each page.

Notice that even the most talented writers (especially the most talented?) revise their work!

For more background information on Dickens and A Christmas Carol, check out this website.