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Educational Protest (This I Believe)

I believe that the youth of today is oppressed. We have stolen from us our freedom of thought. When I was in the 7th grade, we all had to take a standardized mathematics test for possible advanced placement. I had no idea what my score was, but...

Thoughts on Courage

In life, many of us come to a fork in the road. A place or decision that can shape the rest of your life. A decision that if chosen correctly can change you. For me it was a seemingly insignificant period in my life, at the time, which I was unaware...
(This text is introduced and begins after 1:17.) I believe in the ability to move on from mistakes. Mistakes are bound to be made, when dealing with issues like heartbreak and painful ACT scores. Making mistakes and using bad judgement is a part of...
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Love Motivates Good for Others

I believe in loving each other. As young children we were always told to love each other even if they make you mad, you still have to love, such as our siblings, pets, Mom, Dad, and the people around us. Why would they teach us about love at a...

Laughter Gets You Going

(This text is introduced and begins after 1:17.) I believe laughter can go a long way. If you know me, then you know that I laugh all the time. I crack up over things that aren’t even funny. Laughing is just in my genes, I guess. Both of my parents...
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Arts and Entertainment

Unicorns

Once upon a time, the evil unicorns came to Earth, and they drank all of our water. People were dying each day, we somehow needed to get water. We tried to contact with different planets but they didn’t want to help us so more and more people...

Cupid fell in love

Cupid fell in love with a squirrel and that squirrel dumped him. The squirrel lived on Mercury so he decided to blow up the squirrel’s home planet. Turns out blowing up planets feels like love, a good substitute. So he gave up love for nuclear...

Flow

Hey ya’ll what’s up, it’s Ez Master Z You might know me from the Rio doing Run D.M.C But this is me, I wrote this freely And it’s gonna be great you’ll see. In the past I tried to write, but it’s not like now I didn’t know what about, but now I...

Nasser

I’m Nasser Kuswane, born May 26th 2000 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I’ve lived in Oklahoma about half my life and New York the other half. The biggest turning point in my life was moving to New York; I hated it. In school I enjoy everything, But...

Why Have Plagiarism Rates Gone Up?

When entering High School, and even college the pressure to do well or at least get by in school becomes harder and harder. Trying to keep up with schoolwork, extra-curriculars, socializing, and sleep seems to be nearly impossible. Under this amount...

Booktalk

Book Exerpt

They gave me all the money they had and their credit cards. I ran out of their with bags and bundles of cash. I got into a car that was parked outside the party which was surprisingly unlocked. I opened the place underneath the steering wheel and...

Romeo and Juliet

I think that Romeo and Juliet is a little creepy in the sense that they met each other, fell in love, and got married in a matter of hours. But I think the thing that makes it weird is our culture and social acceptance and how different it is to the...
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Two songs about the streets

Tupac Shakur’s “Changes” and Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said” are different even though both songs are mostly saying they should change things of the street, and they are also saying that guns are killing people.  In “Changes,” Tupac talks...

Romeo and Juliet Opinion

We are writing about Romeo and Juliet in class. Before I started reading the play, I thought it would be okay, but then we started reading it and I realized, I really did not like the play. It's sort of interesting, but I really dislike the concept...
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\When I read vignette, “Lucky to be with Habib” from Sold, I felt sad about what happened to Lakshmi. She was dehumanized, and she did not deserve the cruel life that she lived. Lakshmi was an innocent girl without malice and humble, a beautiful...

Connected Research

I Got You Rapped In Your Emotions

That image sticks to you. A middle aged man pressed up against his bed, with a big red nose and to top it off a huge frown on his face. Still in his pajamas he lays pulling the covers close to him yet he looks like he’s burning up. The image...

Permanent Tattoos

There are many different types of body art. These most common fashion trends of a body art are permanent tattoos, body painting, body piercing, and scarring. Permanent tatoos. When I hear of permanent tattoos, I think of gangs or sport athletes....

Emotions may Overpower

Emotional appeal is used from time to time, to get one’s emotions to overpower the mind. The most affective appeal is considered to be directed towards the fear, the fear in the body is so strong it may do as it pleases before the mind can think...

Ethical Consideration on Fear

Fear come in so many ways. Anybody want to annotate this with me? https://via.hypothes.is/h/http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=4998

10 self/ 10 world questions

do mermaids exist? when will the world end? how many movies have ever been made? do scientists really know the truth? will we ever be disease free? how long have humans been living for? who was the first human? how was the human race started? how...

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...

Pueden algun dia desaparecer los examenes?

Recientemente leí un artículo titulado “Puede algun dia desaparecer los exámenes?”Los exámenes son la pesadilla de muchos estudiantes. La idea central del artículo es que algún día desaparecen los exámenes. Mi reaccion al articulo fue bueno. Por...

From the Middle (6-8)

Being Hungry

Being hungry is a bad feeling. It feels like your stomach is yelling at you. It growls and it makes you space out and think of food then you can taste the food in your mouth. It makes you frustrated and mad. Its worst when you're somewhere out and...

Edonut

It all started in the Santa Cruz, CA. It was a disease called Edonut. That disease caused you to grow corn dogs and donuts all over your body. The disease doesn't kill you. It just make you look funny for the rest of your life. They were saying that...

Edonut

It all started in the Santa Cruz, CA. It was a disease called Edonut. That disease caused you to grow corn dogs and donuts all over your body. The disease doesn't kill you. It just make you look funny for the rest of your life. They were saying that...

Rain

As it rains from above it lands upon the feathers of a dove! As the dove takes flight you can barely see the sun burn bright! Each rain drop upon your hand, leaves great demand. Some things are told about rain, like when it rains it help heal pain!...

Rain

As it rains from above it lands upon the feathers of a dove! As the dove takes flight you can barely see the sun burn bright! Each rain drop upon your hand, leaves great demand. Some things are told about rain, like when it rains it help heal pain!...

Gaming and New Media

March Madness

Ok so its March and that only means one thing, March madness. This basketball tournament is played every year with the hopes of crowning a new king. Every basketball fan in the united states tries to watch these games. Its conference verses...
On the web, it might look like a reliable piece of modern media and it is clean on the exterior. But in the inside, there are some or more hazards where ever you go, whether you are typing a book report or searching the online dictionary....
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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...
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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...
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Andreina's Animated Introduction

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)

Mr Linden's Library

He had warned Lindsey about the book now it was too late, because Lindsey read the book but she fell asleep as she was reading the book,and the book vines were coming out and Lindsey didn't feel anything. Is that what Mr linden had warned...

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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Our Stories and Poems

The Shooting Of Amadou

February 4th 1999, Amadou’s life Stolen from him. Who would have known He’d only have 23 years to live. From Liberia To New York Amadou only wanted to make a living Selling videotapes, Gloves, And socks. 4 Cops: McMellon, Carroll, Boss, Murphy. 41...

After Dark

The rickety chapel rattled in the wind. An orange glow reflected on the windows. Alden ran to the locked window, and stared down into the cold dark eyes of the night man. They were angry, this time. The man’s cloak was burning. And smoke began to...

Two little girls

There were two little girls sitting on a window looking out for people that look suspicious. They were working for “El Chapo Guzman”. They were young traffickers. They were orphans, and they needed the money to survive. They had no other choice,...

Vacation

It was 2:00 in the morning and Bob was in Oaxaca,Mexico.It was big and it was pretty looking so Bob went to look for an hotel to live in .One day one of the people he barely knew invited him to the ocean.When they got to the ocean it was a good...

Freedom

She is caught in a bubble, breathless -asking for freedom Offering to an after world wishing it can change For her earth is thin and slow. A girl cries in her sleep thinking for freedom thought of no sadness. People pray and she thinks of death...
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Teachers Teaching Teachers

Hypothes.is - Annotations on Youth Voices

Wow! This could be a game-changer. Now on Youth Voices anybody can annotate any discussion post that has been associated with a mission. Profiles are also open for annotations. Try it out. If you use the tag: Youth Voices your annotation will go to...

An example of using Genius for a short story

Yesterday, Rosa, a student at New Directions Secondary School (NDSS) started us off with her annotations on Langston Hughes's "Thank You Ma'am" http://genius.com/5060775 http://genius.com/5060782 http://genius.com/5060790 http://genius.com/5060807...
So, what I want to follow through on is using Ask Big Questions and NowComment to have a place for everybody to have a common text and a common reference point for the "month" -- actually 2 or 3 weeks, given vacations and all. That's the idea I...

Youth Voices LIVE! How do we disagree?

I want to invite teachers to help organize and support students who are using Youth Voices to get together a couple of times each month around a Big Question. This month's is: How do we disagree? Students should plan to join a Hangout On Line in two...
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I think students from Chris Sloan's classes went to see "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" today. I wonder if they might be interested to watch and comment on this interview from Democracy Now! http://nowcomment.com/documents/31208/

Video Conversations

thoughtless world

Thoughtless World My heart is broken and everyday my pain gets bigger I live in a world of pain and unloyalty. My heart is broken there are times the knife calls my name and it says to cut my arm.My heart is broken but I don't show it . My heart is...

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