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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. 

Listen, listen to her every whim

The Dancing Prince

Grade(s):

1

This piece is a freewrite created before the advent of the Common Core. Although the task wasn't designed to address Common Core standards, it is a strong representation of third grade Writing standard 3.

she is not naïve and understands the dangers that come with living in a country divided by war

Refugee Essay - Emma

Grade(s):

8

Using the EL Education unit, Finding Home: Refugees, students analyzed the novel Inside Out & Back Again to argue how it relates to the universal refugee experience.

Shakespeare was a poet and a playwright but it seems to me that he was also a scientist.

Bees and Shakespeare Essay

Grade(s):

4

During a parallel study of the American Revolution and the life of bees, students read Shakespeare's Henry V. Students analyzed a speech from the play to assess the accuracy of each component of his metaphor.

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