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I was supposed to be a statistic.

Senior Talk - Denisha



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


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



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


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



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



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



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.

You can take buses, busy subways, trolleys and cars going honk honk.

Rural-Urban Opinion



Students took a stand about whether it is better to live in an urban or rural community. They developed and supported their opinion to effectively persuade a reader.

she flashes her famous, toothy smile at the camera

Reflective Photo Narrative


11, 12

After reading and analyzing Don Murray’s “The Stranger in the Photo is Me”, students selected photos from their childhoods and wrote reflective pieces modeled after Murray’s.