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I feel like a chair that no one likes to sit on

The Lonely Chair

Grade(s):

3

This poem is part of an anthology third-grade poems published in 2005.

Anthology books were sold for $2.00 with all proceeds donated the Heifer Project.

The illustration is also by the author.

reflection is my escape from the world that I experience

Senior Talk - Devonté

Grade(s):

12

At the Springfield Renaissance School, a public high school in Springfield, Massachusetts from which Devonte is a graduate, all students must formally present to their classmates and community a series of presentations of learning called Passages.

there are always other solutions to a problem

Response to Rocky Choices

Grade(s):

9

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. 

I’m still a black girl, and I refuse to be left blind and burning anymore

Hot Comb Heirlooms

Grade(s):

11

This essay combines personal experiences with the pressure on the author as a young black woman to have “good hair” with a broader analysis of the heritage of slavery, oppression and white conception of beauty.

how could we tactfully say that the ending needed to be changed?

Reflection as a Writer

Grade(s):

8

This end-of-year written reflection was created by a female student as a final class assignment, reflecting on her work as a writer across the course of the year.

it's a pop rock explosion of glitter

A Handful of Candy

Grade(s):

10

This album review was written as a response to a prompt at the Write the World website and was the winning review in this competition.

mistakes of your youth are hard to escape

A Misleading Truth for a “Missing” Phone

Grade(s):

9

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. 

the colonists got mad and that’s how the Boston Tea Party started

Tea in the Harbor

Grade(s):

3

A 3rd grade student at Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts authored this essay as part of a learning expedition on the Revolutionary War. The assignment was to write a first-person narrative of the Boston Tea Party. This is a first draft, unedited work.

It could also lead to invisibility cloaks and quantum computers

Article Research and Analysis

Grade(s):

9

Conducting experimental work and writing lab reports are the foundation of every science class because they cultivate a student’s ability to think like a scientist, which is fundamental in understanding the processes and concepts that underlie all science disciplines.

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