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developing a piece of personal writing about the importance of choosing wisely in life

A song by Van Morrison is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of idea development and word choice.

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Student Samples: Middle School

Perfect Life Bread
a recipe from Nikki, seventh grade writer

(All ingredients are easily available and inexpensive.)

2 cups of packed fulfilled dreams
1 ½ cups of an affectionate family
¾ cup of a rewarding profession
¾ tsp. of contentment
6 Tbs. of admirable health
1 large, gentle, and forgiving heart
1 gallon of zest for life
1 tsp. extract of lighthearted disposition
¼ tsp. of unwavering faith

Instructions for making:

  1. Combine fulfilled dreams and affectionate family in a bowl. These two ingredients will serve as a binder for all other ingredients.
  2. Slowly stir in rewarding profession, which will make you financially stable.
  3. Then add the zest and unwavering faith. Everything you’re experiencing has its own purpose in your life.
  4. Slowly add a heart that is gentle and forgiving. This will prevent any ill feelings about your recipe from or towards others who have done you wrong.
  5. Sprinkle in admirable health and lighthearted disposition.
  6. Top with contentment.
  7. Have fun as you eat this.

(Click here to open/print Nikki's recipe.)

Like Rain
by Ben, seventh grade poet

Life is like rain,
Drizzling, ever lightly,
From where it began
As a cloud.

Through the long rivers
Of its
Lengthy journey
In the calm lakes,

It may fall over steep waterfalls,
But when
The mist clears
It flows onward through currents
Of its path.

There may be rapids
In its path
To pitch it about,
But in the end
Its journey of many miles
Is complete
At the vast ocean.

(Click here to open/print Ben and two of his classmates' poems.)

Dear Skylar,

Choose the road you think is best for you. Live, laugh and love in life. You will always be constrained to make decisions according to your heart. Sometimes, your world will be awkward and dull, but you will move on. This must feel like a lot to take in, I know. You may not understand, but the decisions you make concerning school, work, family and friends can change your life. Life is fierce and can be sparkling at the same time. There will be times when you think you hate everyone around you. Know in your heart you still love them deeply.

There will be times when you’ll want to crawl in a corner. Choose to take risks, but risks that are responsible. They could turn out to be mistakes, but life goes on. Sometimes you’ll need to be isolated from the world. Be faithful, have hope, and be thankful. Don’t give up and, remember, you are surrounded by people who love you. There will be times that you feel like you’re falling and can’t catch yourself. You will clash and collide, but stay determined.


Your older, wiser sister--Taylor (seventh grader)

(Click here to open/print Taylor and two of her classmates' letters.)

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