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  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    Dear Mr. Thomas Jefferson, It began with the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement during the 17th and 18th centuries when great thinkers used intelligence and science to explain the universe instead of religious beliefs. You, Mr. Jefferson, a man of the Enlightenment, bel...
  • Nonfiction > Educator of the Year
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    November 21, 2011 Dear Mrs. Engels, It all started one evening in early September a few years back. It was open house at ____________ ; I was a shy little 5th grader, nervous about meeting my new teacher. As my family and I made our way slowly –for it was slowly, since my brother, Connor, ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The page, so clean So white, So sheer, Sits before me On my cherry desk. Words come pouring, Come tumbling, Come smashing Out of my shattered, Inflamed heart. The page: a “masterpiece” A “work of art” An “original” Is what people see. Me? Not so much. Because hatre...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Her icy blue eyes, Her black as night hair. She smirks. I stare. She laughs. I cry. I beg, I plead, She tells me To shut up, And smacks me in the head: Harder Faster Stronger Bloodier I lay on the ground, My moss-green eyes Are glazing over. My caramel hair Is sticky wit...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My throat has been slit because of a tangled Black Widow’s web of thickly weaved lies. My bones have been broken, not from the sticks and stones, but from that one little “harmless” rumor. My heart has been shattered by that one little Mockingbird that just wouldn’t shut up. My stre...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    When Her Heart Breaks She's the sun, happy and bright. Bright as day, of course. She is ecstatic, her moon makes her whole. She's like a diamond glistening in the sun. Shining sun, but she can't enjoy its warmth if her heart is crying. She giggles, it sounds so nice, ...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    Polluted Water: It Affects Botswana Too Imagine walking miles and miles each day to a river for water, only to bring back unsanitary water for you and your family. The water is filled with bacteria carrying diseases, mining runoff, feces (animal and human), garbage, and many more wretched thing...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Her dark mahogany hair, tinged with red undertones, falls in wavy rivulets to her tan shoulders, and ends in a slight curl which she tries very hard to straighten. She brushes her bangs “casually” out of her face, trying to catch a glimpse at what I am writing. But I gently close the laptop as h...

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