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FIGHT THE POWER!

How can we change things so that there is no “next Michael Brown”? On August 9, 2014, a young black male by the name of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a white police officer, named Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, MO. Brown was unarmed when he...

Recess in high school

Should high schools have recess? Everyone used to have recess in elementary and have fun but when everyone grows up, in highschool they don’t have recess anymore. So, should high schools students have recess? I personally think that high schools...

"But mom I NEED to go to school."

Education is something that determines what our future will bring to us and whether or not we succeed in what we wanted to be in life. For many people family income is a huge issue. Money is an enemy to many families here in the Bay Area. I believe...
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Right to Water

The Right to Water Today in this world, people don’t have a good access to a clean source of water. Either they don't have enough money to pay the water or buy bottles of it, or like I stated before they don't have a source. So my question is;...

Earth Shattering Species

Many species became extinct after an asteroid occurs on planet Earth and think about if they were alive during our years there would be huge discovery scientist who would discover or create domination to cause this world to break apart. I disagree...

Arts and Entertainment

3 great Greek Gods

ZEUS Zeus the god of the sky and rain and the ruler of the Olympians gods as well. He overthrew his father Cronus with the help of his brothers, Poseidon and Hades. Afterwards Zeus and his brothers, Poseidon and Hades, drew lots on who will be...

Horse Race in the city of Siena

http://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena.html http://www.initaly.com/info/palio/palio.htm Every year in Italy, on July 2 and August 16, there is an event. It is one of the worlds most breathtaking folk festivals. The event is known as horse...

Aboriginal art culter

In doing some research on google, i found that many african cultures share the same practices and beliefs. Alot of cultures in africa have a great passion for music, food, folktales, and art. But there is one African society that traveled to...

Where Do I Belong?

Where do you belong? In a city where thousands of people live, I often find myself left out of this place where I think I belong. Everything in the world is slowly changing, like me growing older and changing into a new person,there are also trees...

Color in Life

I really enjoy taking pictures of simple things because by emphasizing them through the angle of the photo or background used, regular objects can seem a lot more interesting and more beautiful. I also enjoy taking pictures of landscapes and of...

Booktalk

Brown Girl Dreaming

I recently read Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming. This piece published in 2014 also won the National Book Award. It is an autobiographical piece written in narrative poetry. The writing style is beautiful. While some poems can stand alone,...

An adventurous, determined fighter

Elnora Comstock, the protagonist in A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter, has a few traits that influence her relationships with others. One, she is adventurous. Two, she is determined. Three, she is a fighter. These traits influence...

A mystery with dead ends and secrets to be revealed

The book Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson is about a girl named Tandy. She is trying to solve the murder of her parents. Anyone and everyone is a suspect she will stop at nothing to discover the truth even if it is one of her twin...

Getting to Know the Real Ripper

The book The Mystery behind Jack the Ripper by Vickie Britton is about a honorary gentleman that was so disgusted with prostitution that he decided it was justice to kill the prostitutes. He would rip and carve out their bodies afterward in his mind...

A rose ring, dreams, a mother’s death and love

The book Cursed by Tara Brown is about a girl Aimee James who is threatened with death for unknown reasons. In that moment when the world pauses before death she meets a mysterious man she falls in love with that brings her back to life. It is odd...

Connected Research

Cuff the gays?

According to Alliejo2619, “Gay marriage should be legalized because it is uncivilized and unmerited. Our civil rights and the Constitution give us many liberties. One of our civil liberties is the pursuit of happiness, which homosexual people are...

Cherokee Rose

During my REsearch,I found out a lot of interesting things I didn’t know.Some people call this flower a Cherokee rose but its really called Rosa Laevigata.The word Cherokee Rose means Chinese climbing rose with fragrant white blossoms.The Cherokee...

Jewish Circumcision

I was scrolling through the internet and I stopped at what I found out about the Jewish community and their practice they perform. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head (glans) of the penis. Circumcision...

The effects of drugs on us as kids.

Kids and the power of drugs on them. FAct: If drug use wasn't pleasurable, it would be relatively easy to keep kids and harmful substances separated. But the reality is that many kids enjoy the way they feel on drugs — at least for a while. (http...

Finnish cultural practice on infant

A while ago, I did some research on cultural practices in my English class as a classwork. However, my REsearch was amazed me and it led me to continue REsearch on the topic. First, I ran across an article called “8 cultural practices America...

español

Mi nombre

Mi nombre es William. Vino. de mi papa. Mi nombre me recuerda de mi papa. Mi nombre expresa gusta.

Cuentos de misterio

Una vez que yo fui con mi prima al cementerio estaba muy oscuro y me daba mucho miedo. Cuando estábamos caminando había un muerto que estaba vivo sentado en la tumba mirando con su ojos muy oscuro. Mi prima le daba mucho miedo porque el muerto...
Lei un articulo titulado “la metida de pata de la policía de Nueva york twitter.’’ LA idea central del artículo es que la policía quería fotos sonriente con los ciudadanos y le subieron foto de gente esposada. Mi opinion del artículo es que No me...

Pueden algun Diaz desaparecer los examenes

Lei un articulo titulado “Pueden algun dias desaparecer los exámenes.’’ La idea central del artículo es que vas cambia los exámenes pesadilla de mucho estudiantes. Mi opinion del artículo es que si que para mucho estudiantes es una pesadilla...

Zeitgeist

It was almost darkly coincidental. Our AP biology teacher assigned us to read Richard Preston's The Hot Zone during December and January of 2013-2014. If you haven't read it, The Hot Zone was an expository book that came out in 1994 and was one...

From the Middle (6-8)

Money is wicked

Would your family’s income affect your education? Yes, it does because some schools cost money and some families are too poor to afford school supplies or stuff for kids. Parents often have problems with supporting their kids due to minimum wages,...
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Police Brutality

Ersula Ore. Eric Garner. Jahmil-El Cuffee. Rosan Miller. Marlene Pinnock. Al Flowers. Alonzo Grant. This is just a sample of the men and women who have been savagely, and unnecessarily, beaten by police officers this summer. Garner's case, in which...
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Eric Garner: Chokehold not necessary

Eric Garner was a middle-aged man who was killed by a group of police officers when they put him into a chokehold. This dates back to July 17, 2014 when Eric Garner was killed by NYPD officers. Eric garner broke up a fight that was going on in his...

How Do You Become Good In Soccer?

Soccer is a sport that takes practice to be good. Especially if you want to become as good as Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. They started playing when they were young and their practice gave them the skill that they have now. People...
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Ebola Disease

Ebola is a deadly disease that originated in Africa back around 1970’s. There are different strains of Ebola and some are more deadly than other. Recently people have been visiting south africa and coming to America not knowing they had the disease...

Gaming and New Media

Internet is Innocent

Weblog In what way is the internet potentially dangerous? Our world in slowly progressing and becoming better and advance. But there is always some cons to something new. The internet, fairly new and a place where people post what they are...

Juan's Animated Introduction

Here’s my animated introduction: My name is Juan Carlos Alejo. I am from Mexico. I am 15 years old. I was born on April 7, 19-99. My mom is Maria de Lourdes and my dad is Lucas Alejo. I have two siblings, an older sister named Norma and a...

Andreina's Animated Introduction

Steven's Animated Introduction

What new developments (social media) will be created?

New developments like the iPhone, Android, iPad and gaming systems are very popular in the lives of children nowadays. In general, social media is different than what it was in the past. People in the 20th and earlier centuries did not experience...

Letters to Decision Makers

Dear Future English Teacher

Dear Future English Teacher: I am proud to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It that shows my ability to “Freewriting Badge.” After you look at my work, I hope you will see why I think it's important to me...
Dear teacher who gives me a research project in the future: I am proud to show you my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It shows my ability to receive the “Annotating Badge.” After looking at my work, I hope you see my good annotating...

Commenting Helps with Understanding

Dear Future History Teacher, I am delighted to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer program. It is the “Courageous Commentator” that shows my skills. After you look at my profile you see that I have commented on many...

Letter to new Superintendent Wilson

Dear Superintendent Wilson, I think some issues you should address as you begins your time in Oakland is to create more lights around the school because a lot of pedestrians have accidents for the reason of not having enough lights and there is a...

Letter to Oakland's New Superintendent

Dear, Mr. Antwan Wilson, My name is Cristina Alvarez, and I am a 12th grader at Fremont High School. I am writing this letter to you to let you know the issues that I am having at my school and what you can do that will help to improve Oakland...

Our Space (K-5)

Hurricane Stories

Given what people in New York and New Jersey are going through with Hurricane Sandy, I thought Youth Voices readers might like to see some writing by third graders in response to Hurricane Gustav a few years ago. Hurricane Gustav arrived, Labor Day...
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My Shell

Beautiful Like a glimmering lake in the sun it shines so very brightly. On the outside. On the inside, it feels smooth, silky. But it doesn't shine as brightly, it may be bright, on the outside, but on the inside, it seems faded.
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Documentary

Ocean acidification is a rising problem on Earth. It is a term used to decribe the rising acidity in the oceans. 1/3 of the carbon dioxide we edmit from burning ficil fuels is absorbed by the oceans. This equals to 1 million tones...

A Fish

A fish Blue peach colored Happy and good to be free Black and green A sea creature Tobie
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Jazz Man

Jazz man Loud, tall Famous, blond, handsome Man who plays jazz. Musician. By Matthew
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Our Stories and Poems

Culture Stained By Blood

¨The cultural ensemble is rather a combination of hope and anticipation of a better life.¨ What does the color white really mean to you? Is it the color of purity or innocence? After facing genocide where do you go from there. In the time of the...

Fate or Hair?

Fishtail, braids, curly or straight, we all use are hair to express something. Many use their hair to “complement” their outfits, unlike Native Americans. Native Americans, with their long luxurious hair, use their hair in many cultural practices....

Lost Money

My story is one time I was in home sit and my dad he said “go get snack” He gave me money and I took my iphone with me I went to the store to get the snack I was ready and I took the money out some money fall down. I did not see the...

Funny, Fun, Perky, Outgoing, and Caring

My name is Rachel Frometa and i’m attending Bronx dale high school. I was born and raise in the Bronx. I am funny, fun, perky, outgoing, caring person. I started playing the piano this year, but i’m learning by myself. I already learned how to play...

Crossing the Border

It was two in the afternoon when we crossed the border. When I saw at the border patrol, I screamed, “La migra, la migra corran.” We ran for seven minutes when the border patrol said, “Stop!” We stop running before the cops sent the dogs for us...

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Kickstarting Youth Voices LIVE!

Hi YV Teachers, I am wondering if anyone would like to connect students to discuss TED talk or other nonfiction about culture may be an interesting conversational piece. Maybe something like this: https://www.ted.com/talks/...
Last week, on Teachers Teaching Teachers, a group talked about issues for those who are new to Youth Voices. A question came up about getting administrator support for students participating in open networks like Youth Voices. Here is a link to that...

Practice makes .... more practice!

This evening, I am practicing with some research tools that I will be using with my OHigh students over the next few weeks. Since we'll be reading a book that looks at the ways different cultures try to understand each other -- and often...

The power of sharing student work

Toward the end of last night's Teachers Teaching Teachers (Listen to 1:07:04 to 1:15:27), we talked a bit about sharing student work in a public forum like Youth Voices and about some of the concerns that can arise. This brought to my mind some of...

Ask Big Questions with NowComment

Recently, we added a new feature to Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/askbigquestions, which can be accessed from the "Questions" tab on Youth Voices. We are planning to follow their monthly questions with rich and relevant blended (both...

Video Conversations

My Journal

Here Junilka and I were video chatting over Google Hangouts and talking about the journals we wrote in the morning at the youth voices program.

Journal

My conversation with Jennifer. We talked about what we put in our journals this morning and a little something extra.

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Talking about the Jordan Davis Murder Trial

John and I talked with Mr. Allison about Jordan Davis after we read this testimony from his mother before the U.S. Senate. http://bit.ly/1pt4f3N

DIY Stablizer

I built a stabilizer for photography class at my school following along to a youtube video (link in the video). I only needed a couple 90 degree electric piping arms, three metal couplers, a macro slider, a bearing, a six inch PVC tube and a coupler...