This week’s featured writer: Jacqueline Kasinskas
School: Washington Middle School
Teacher: Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Mule
What have you learned in school that makes you a better writer? This year I have learned many wonderful techniques that have made me become a better writer. For example, our class has practiced the “Collins Writing” format throughout the year. In this writing exercise we had to complete three FCAs, (Focus Correction Areas,) which have helped us to complete the criteria for that lesson. I have also learned the elements of writing a great essay.
What is your favorite book? I have read so many great books this year that it is very hard to choose just one. But I love Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I could feel the heartfelt emotions that he took the time to write about. It was definitely a tear jerker.
What do you like to do outside of school? I like to do many things outside of school. I am on the track and volleyball teams. I am also in band, broadcast club and drama club. I love to be outside, hang out with friends and curl up on the couch with a great book.
Parked cars motionless in the street,
still nothing moves.
A dead leaf crunches on the autumn grass,
then more and more crunching.
I look around,
realizing it's just a lawn mower going over leaves.
I stop writing.
A car passes,
a dog and its owner walk past and down the street,
also crunching along the way.
Colorful leaves on the trees, line the streets up and down.
Every so often a leaf falls -
down, down, down splat crunch.
Another leaf says goodbye.
The sun starting to set,
animals going in for the night,
insects coming out, crickets chirping and
A slight breeze blows by,
Planes fly into the night,
their lights blinking with
A full moon shines brightly
Stars twinkle and
clouds blow by.
Ahh, another slight breeze urges
people shivering to go inside.
A dog howls into the night.
A rabbit scurries off into woods.
More dogs bark and
the stillness comes around once more.
Lights turn off in houses andchildren go to bed
while parents stay up a little bit longer
before going to bed themselves.
All I hear now is the soft rise and fall of a person sleeping
night goes on.