Student Essays & Creative Pieces
Some creative and others formal, the pieces below reflect my students' growth
An Ever-Changing Identity
In the novels The Planet of Exile and The City of Illusions Ursula K. Le Guin uses the character development of the farborns, Jacob, and Falk-Ramarren to convey the message that here is no core self...
What Makes Bilbo, Bilbo?
People often debate whether personalities are determined by nature or nurture.
A Boy’s Need for his Father’s Love
In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the protagonist Amir finds himself conflicted between earning the lifelong approval of his father or saving his loyal friend.
The Power of Human Connection
Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird once said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Is Boo a Monster?
People fear sharks because they don’t know much about them. People think that sharks are ruthless human killers because the thing that most people know about sharks is that they have big teeth.
Kino’s Battle With Fate
In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl Kino has a conflict with fate when he strives to rise to the status of a colonizer and the conflict is resolved when Kino throws the pearl back into the water, symbolizing that he had given up on his dream.
The Case for Teaching Huck Finn
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a controversial book. Many schools and teachers around the country oppose the teaching of Huck Finn. They assert that the book is racist.
Golding’s Dark View of Human Nature
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel in which a group of boys is stranded on a deserted island and are forced to self-govern and be self-sufficient.