To Document and Enjoy

Ben Wallace is a creative writing major at the University of Arizona. He's also a teaching artist at Sam Hughes Elementary.

Before class, one of the students calls me over and says, "Mr. Ben, I wrote a poem all by myself this morning."

"Awesome," I say. "What was it about?"

The girl smiles at me with her two front teeth missing, giggles, and says, "The Toothfairy!" I was so proud to hear that. I was able to see in her poems that she saw writing not as schoolwork, but as a way to document and enjoy life.

My shirt is as blue as a frozen lake.
My favorite color is as orange as the orangest sunset.
My favorite animal is as orange and black as the most fierce tiger.
But I like puppies also.
I really like poetry class most of all.

--Lilian, 2nd grade, Sam Hughes Elementary

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Thursday, September 6, 2012
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