Writers in the Schools (WITS) Student Wins National Award

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December 1, 2011 by WITS Editor

Creative Communication: A Celebration of Today’s Writers chose Writers in the Schools (WITS) student Jasmin Johnson as one of the top 10 4th grade poets in the nation.  Three of her poems will be published in an anthology of student writing.  Jasmin also will receive a $50 savings bond.  For more information about Creative Communication contests, please visit their website.  The next deadline for poetry is December 6, 2011.

Here are two of Jasmin’s poems:

The Runaway Imagination

Boom! Oh, no, my imagination is
exploding out of my head. It happened
just this morning coming out of bed.
I put on a headband my imagination
denies. I fall out of bed and cry.
Oh no, I feel dull. I lost my sense of
fun. My crazy imagination is on the run.
I have to catch it quickly, but wait! It’s
time for school but my imagination starts
to head for the pool.  I pull it aside and
bring it to class.  Hurray! It’s 9:30, I’m in
time for math. But wait! There isn’t
school today. You mean that there was
time to play? Oh, what a ridiculous
Saturday. You silly imagination,
get back in my head!

By Jasmin, 4th grade

Cup Full of Elephant: A Self-Portrait

I try to copy what I see.
Is it good enough?
Do you blame me?
Art is hard. I’ll just draw a cup.  Do
you see?  Is it good enough?
I’ll try to copy what I see.
Is it good enough?
Do you blame me?
Art is hard.  I’ll draw a set of paints! Do
you see? Is it good enough?
I’ll try to copy what I see.
Is it good enough?
Do you blame me?
Art is hard.  I’ll draw an elephant butt.
Wait! An elephant butt?  Ewww!

By Jasmin, 4th grade

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