This week, our Hale 6-8th grade poetry club deep dove into the world of figurative language. On Tuesday, we practiced simile writing and left some words of encouragement to our future selves. Students were in the zone with abstract language as they penned well wishes to themselves. Personification was the topic of discussion on Wednesday, as we read “The Kitchen Shears Speak” by Christianne Balk. Together, we meditated on the inanimate objects in our lives that could use a listening ear. Some students admitted that personification is challenging because it requires writing from an outside perspective, but we talked about how hard poems push our creative thinking. On Thursday, students participated in an open mic, sharing their words and affirmations with the poetry crew. It’s been a joy watching each student flex their writing skills and easing into their performance personas.

Ms. Marasovich’s After School

Grades 6-8



By Amaya/Bee V. 


A comfort the the 11 years old girl who chose me

To protect her and keep her happy, to cry into and get her through hard times

She loves me and couldn’t live without me

For I carry all of her tears, laughs, dreams, hopes, fears

With my night sky color and stars dancing all over my soft, silky skin

I only hope she never leaves or forgets the magic I bring her

But for now, I live in the moment. And will continue to protect, bring comfort, joy and snuggle with her

All for the 11 year old girl who needed a friend



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.