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  •  7th Grade English and Reading 

    “We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"    - John Keating, Dead Poets Society

    "The difference between the right word and almost right word is the difference between lighting and a lightning bug." - Mark Twain

    "Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head." -Finding Forrester

    "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -Anton Chekhov

    There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray