"Hush!" Poems about 'the hard stuff'
(grades 6-12)
 
  These poems emerged from examination of poems by contemporary authors which explore difficult materials such as violence, bullying and rascism. Students were encouraged to draw upon their own experiences to create poems which described 'the hard stuff' using concrete examples, imagery and story-telling devices. I was moved by the students' poems, and by their keen observation, compassion, and anger.  
 

 

"Hush" by Carolyn (8th grade, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern U)

"You See That Girl" by Bianca (8th grade, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern U)

 
 
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