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"I will not stop pouring my heart into the classroom...."

Amanda: College Essay



A personal essay written for college applications. Most colleges, and the Common Application, requires a length of about 250 - 650 words; most students work to be close to the maximum length.

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Orientation Video for Writing



This short orientation video gives our users basic tools to navigate our writing collection with ease.

It’s hard to replicate real life behind a screen

This Teenage Life - Conversation and Activity Guides - a Curriculum by Students, For Students


9, 10, 11, 12

This Teenage Life is a growing and expanding podcast project created by teens.

I will never forget this horror

Immigrant Poems For Two Voices



After exploring the immigration experience through cultural fieldwork, primary source documents, documentary and historical fiction films, and current news stories, students wrote a research-based, two-voice poem spoken by immigrants from different periods that expressed their ideas about how the

it was important to rinse out our test tubes

Kineo Water Testing Fieldwork



Students at King Middle School wrote blog posts on a project designed to explore, understand, and protect Maine's environment through a grant called "Engaging Maine Middle School Students in the Nature of Maine" which was awarded from the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

I am the moon

The Moon and Me



This writing piece is the final draft of a short personal narrative. The author has two other writing pieces in this collection enabling us to trace his development as a writer through the years. Please see the related resources below to read his other work.

I am from turmeric and coriander

Where I'm From



The assignment is a personal "I Am From" poem, detailing their personal lives and cultural roots, highlighting sensory language.

Each strum of her guitar was an antidepressant

This I Believe - Nate



Tenth-grade students at the Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Massachusetts, as part of their English Language Arts class, created This I Believe essays.

it is clear that the zero tolerance policy criminalizes youth

Personalized Learning, Not a School to Prison Pipeline



A class of 9th graders at The Met High School in Providence, Rhode Island spent their first trimester learning about different philosophies of justice through watching, discussing and writing about Michael Sandel's Justice lectures, made free online by Harvard University.