Writing distinguished by voice, imagination, and impact

she was involved in her community, but didn't realize it

Small Acts of Courage

Grade(s):

7

Students created a set of four books based on interviews with unsung local civil rights heroes as part of a learning expedition on civil rights. 

When the sun passes through a thicker layer of atmosphere we see colors at sunrise and sunset

What's Up?

Grade(s):

3

This book was written  as part of a three-month learning expedition on astronomy. It was written to help introduce other students to these topics.

The jaws are adjustable to make sure they can meet around the bolt.

Our Book of Tools

Grade(s):

K

This product was part of a learning expedition on tools, in which students learned to identify tools and their uses and learned about the wider world through the study of tools.

grass sways lazily in the breeze as birds tweet and insects are at work

Give Bees a Chance

Grade(s):

6

After researching bees as part of a learning expedition, students crafted a book to help people understand the importance of bees to the production of food and the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder.

I tangle in your mind like a string being tied into knots

I Am Poem

Grade(s):

5

As a culmination of learning about their lives and the greater world, students wrote "I am" poems. They used figurative language, spacing, repetition, and breaking the rules of grammar as poetic authors.

I was supposed to be a statistic.

Senior Talk - Denisha

Grade(s):

12

Prior to graduation, students present a speech to a panel of students, staff, and community members articulating lessons learned in their jourrney through school and their plans for the future.

the best way to survive in a world that isn’t ready for our ingenuity

Rhetorical Analysis - Satire

Grade(s):

11, 12

Following close reading and rhetorical analysis of texts in the genre of satire, students argued about how the language and style choices of various authors help to establish their messages. 

Technology has become such a ubiquitous entity that it's hard to believe it wasn't always around.

Fahrenheit 451 Essay

Grade(s):

10

Using the novel Fahrenheit 451 and various informational texts, students addressed the guiding question—Has Ray Bradbury’s vision of the future come to fruition?

They have their whole world turned inside out.

Refugee Essay - Hope

Grade(s):

7, 8

As part of the unit, Finding Home: Refugees, students read the novel Inside Out and Back Again, plus another book of their choice, to explain the universal refugee experience. 

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