Writing distinguished by voice, imagination, and impact

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.

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

Small Acts of Courage



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. 

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.

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. 

When the chrysalis is dark it is close to turning into a butterfly.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly



This work comes from a science expedition focusing on the life cycle of the butterfly and the symbiotic relationship between flowers and butterflies.

just imagine having to pinch your cheeks

Faces of the Great Depression: Dot Cassady



Fifth grade students at the Fitchburg Arts Academy in Fitchburg, Massachusetts created this book as part of a learning expedition on the Great Depression.

the militia fired the canon and 4 rebels lay dead

A Historical Walk Through Massachusetts: Shays Rebellion



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.