`` Jimmy Santiago Bac Poetry As Lifesaver, And Gerald Graff 's Hidden Intellectualism

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Writing an essay is not something that that kids want to be doing because the essay they are writing often is about something they are not interested in that is why some people believe that you should write about things that interest you so that you do want to write that essay. And to people that want to do so are Jimmy Santiago Baca and Gerald Graff in both these essays, Rob Baker’s “Jimmy Santiago Baca: Poetry as Lifesaver” and Gerald Graff’s “Hidden Intellectualism”, they talk about their experiences with how they got to wanting to inspire kids to write. Jimmy Santiago Baca and Gerald Graff both want to inspire kids to want to write, but Baca believes that you should write about yourself through poetry and Graff believes that you should write about things that interest you to want to write.
The ways that Baca and Graff want to get kids to write are to similar yet different ways. In that Baca and Graff want them to write about things they will want to write about to thank they don’t feel like it is work. Baca want kids to, “tell the stories that no one else has: the stories of their lives,” (Baker 861). And by having the kids write about their lives they will not feel like they are writing about something many other kids have written about and that way they will want to tell people there stories by writing them. Graff on the other hand wants to inspire kid in a little different way by having them write not about the classic books but instead about what it is that they are…
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