Student Work

Greeting all,

I hope you are enjoying this lovely fall Sunday. I wanted to update you on a couple of things about this here blog of mine. First, you may have noticed that there are no more annoying ads to obscure your viewing and reading pleasure. I couldn’t stand them either, and they will forever be kept off this site. Second, I have added a new tab called “Student Work”. This is where I’ll be posting your fantastic stuff! Please click on it and be amazed by the talent here at Templeton. Some of the work goes back to my first year teaching here. I haven’t collected a tonne of work yet, but I will from now on and post away.


Student Essays

Greetings all,

I thought I would share with you some excellent student work. Why should I be the only one who reads this stuff. First is a personal essay written by our very own Student Council president, Ruini Xiong. Second, is an in-class essay written by mini 12 student, Isaac Schoeber on the novel The Cellist of Sarajevo. It’s an epic, and he wrote it in one hour and fifteen minutes. Mind-boggling. Both received full marks. Enjoy!

She Who Haunts Me by Ruini Xiong

Isaac Schoeber Novel Essay

A Vocab Comp for the ages

Hey all,

I know how much ya’ll LOVE writing vocab comps. And I’m not even saying that ironically. I have classes begging me to assign them a vocab comp. It’s super weird as a teacher to have students volunteering to do an assignment, but I’m not complaining. Some of the best, most creative work I have ever read has come from these vocab comps, from all grades. I love marking them almost as much as you love writing them. This is one of the most outstanding ones I have ever read. Our own Kenza Zobaidi has written a searing script, exposing so much of what is wrong in our society today. I believe the title is the date, March 18, 2018. Everyone needs to read this.

A Very Important Vocab Comp by Kenza Zobaidi

Why you should read poetry

Hey All,

Continuing with more great work by YOU, dear students, I have for you three brilliant essays written by my Mini 11s. This was an assignment that had few parameters and even fewer guidelines. Write a 5-page essay on one or more of the poems we have read this unit, include yourself in it if you like, and make it super interesting. Well, these three talented students did just that. READ THESE ESSAYS. They are good for the soul. And read the poems that inspired them. Also good for the soul.

First up, Nicola Cech, and her journey as a hater and lover of poetry. Her essay The Metaphor Murderer will ring very true with many of you. And don’t forget to read the poems that inspired it, The Road Not Taken and The Motive for Metaphor.

Next there is Vicky Zhu, and her journey of discovery in her essay The Swimmer’s Moment Essay . And, of course, there is the poem itself, The Swimmer’s Moment.

And finally, read Lauren Holloway and her essay Power inspired by the poem Power . You should also read The New York Times article explaining the real-life shooting of a 10-year-old African American boy that inspired the poem. The events happened 45 years ago, but sound as though they happened yesterday.

These are three exciting, engaging, thought-provoking, and challenging essays. Read and enjoy!