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Senior Talk - Devonté

School: Springfield Renaissance School

City/State: Springfield, MA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Speech

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Type(s): Narrative

Writing Assignment Description

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. At the end of 8th and 10th grade, students give a Passage Presentation of a portfolio of work across all disciplines, including arts, fitness and character, to a community panel. At the end of 12th grade, each student writes and presents a Senior Talk to the entire senior class, or to a portion of their class, describing their personal and academic journey.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Demonstrates the power of authenticity--doing work that matters to students and is shared with the larger community
  • Represents a consistent and engaging author's voice developed through humor, sensory details, and reflection

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey complex ideas and concepts clearly and accurately, using content that is carefully selected, organized, and analyzed.
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling.
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