I am a 7th/8th grade writing teacher, and my students are brilliant. They complain that I use that word too much - "brilliant" - but it is the truth. They probe deep thoughts, explore complex issues, and write, write, write with the intention of expressing powerful emotions. Our classroom is one where the word is freedom, and my students have found great freedom and power in poetry.
My students live in Arizona, in an area my guidebook equates to, "an urban war zone." They struggle with gang violence everyday, and face many home situations that many - including myself - cannot even imagine. Our school has no windows, but quite a few bullet holes; many of our students are entrenched in poverty, but they are all full of hope. On Tuesday, March 4th I am planning a poetry reading for a select group of students. It is my belief that it only takes one night to instill a lifelong love of poetry into any student. We are calling the evening "Just a Word". It is an evening all about our talented student writers and the poetry they have produced; it is an evening where they can prove to themselves the potential they hold.
While I firmly believe that one night can spark a passion for words, it takes some resources to sustain that passion. I have requested thesauri and dictionaries as a gift for the students that have the courage to stand up and read their poetry in front of an audience of over one-hundred people. I am requesting this gift so that my students will have the resources to pursue their love of words and so that they may continue to explore the power and freedom that words provide. I have requested the Roget's Thesaurus for ease of use, and I have requested the American Heritage Dictionary because of their breakdown of linguistic roots that may serve these students well in their college years.
Yes, it is a lot of money for forty books. But for these writers, a dictionary and a thesaurus will serve as invaluable investments in their future success. After this night, it is my hope that they will believe in their ability to move people with their writing, and with your help, they will have these two resources so that they may continue to move audiences for the rest of their lives.
|ROGET'S II: THE NEW THESAURUS OFFICE EDITION(PAPERBACK) -- Roget's II The New Thesaurus Paperback, Third Office Edition • Quill Corporation||$6.74||20||$134.80|
|American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edition • AKJ Books||$5.22||20||$104.40|
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