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Student Essays & Creative Pieces

Some creative and others formal, the pieces below reflect my students' growth

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A photograph of a magical little hut surrounded by green grass.
6th-8th Grade
Essay

What Makes Bilbo, Bilbo?

People often debate whether personalities are determined by nature or nurture.
By Eric Z.
7th Grade
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A child's hand on top of a father's hand.
9th-12th Grade
Essay

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.
Manar A.
10th Grade
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A black and white photograph of three boys, backs to us, peering through a wire fence.
6th-8th Grade
Essay

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.”
By Rui W.
7th Grade
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A dark red sea creature against a dark background.
6th-8th Grade
Essay

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. 
Christian C.
7th Grade
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Open oyster in a person's hand.
6th-8th Grade
Essay

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.
Cayden S.
8th Grade
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Sketch of a boy holding a dead rabbit.
9th-12th Grade
Essay

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.
Amit P.
10th Grade
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Photograph of a dark green jungle with some light between the vines.
9th-12th Grade
Essay

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.
Christina Z.
9th Grade
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A fisherman on a boat at sunrise.
6th-8th Grade
Essay

Man (or Woman) Cannot Be Destroyed

Have you ever been destroyed but kept on trying? In the Old Man and The Sea, the old man, Santiago, fails his mission but he keeps his faith to venture on.
Matthew H.
7th Grade
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A skier on a snowy mountain bank with snow-covered trees in the background.
2nd-5th Grade
Personal narrative

The Steep Run

I looked down the hill terrified because it was so steep. It seemed like it was vertical. And I started to face my terror.
Christian C.
5th Grade
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