Writing distinguished by voice, imagination, and impact

we smashed the basil and turned it into little pieces

Beautiful and Yummy

Grade(s):

1, 2

First and second grade students from the College School in St. Louis, Missouri created a cookbook about pesto as part of a sustainability and local foods.

The students who wrote the introduction described their process.

it was not a very pretty sight

Duck Nest Species Identification

Grade(s):

2

Second-grade students at Kettle Falls Elementary in Kettle Falls, Washington responded to a writing prompt as part of an expedition on nesting box activity.

she was a midwife, presiding over one of the most private and mysterious experiences of daily life

Anne Hutchinson: A Life in Private

Grade(s):

11

Jessica Leight, while an 11th grade student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, authored this research paper on Anne Hutchinson, tracing her life and her fate.

its supporters included a diverse group of people, from Harvard biology professors to pastors

"The Burden of Feeble-Mindedness": The History of Eugenics and Sterilization in Massachusetts

Grade(s):

11

Reid Grinspoon, while an 11th grade student at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts, authored this research paper on the history of eugenics in his home state. The report tackles a fascinating but scary topic in a clear and understated voice.

the militia fired the canon and 4 rebels lay dead

A Historical Walk Through Massachusetts: Shays Rebellion

Grade(s):

3

Third grade students from the Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts created this book as part of a learning expedition on colonial history.

some trilobites could roll up into a ball

Get A Clue: Trilobites

Grade(s):

1

First grade students at the Genesee Valley Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a children’s book as part of a learning expedition on fossils and local geological history.

we used spoons, forceps, shallow pans, and buckets

Testing the Waters

Grade(s):

5

Fifth grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created this scientific report as part of a three-month learning expedition on water quality and the risks of pollution.

they slide on the ice on their tummies

Bird Cards: Penguin

Grade(s):

K

Kindergarten students at the Anser Public Charter School in Boise, Idaho created a set of note cards as part of a yearlong learning expedition on birds. Students worked with a research buddy – an older student from his or her school, supporting research and writing skills.

darkling beetles are nocturnal

Field Guide to Insects in Western Massachusetts

Grade(s):

2

Second grade students at the Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts created a field guide as part of a two-month learning expedition on insects local to their area.

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