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Argument

A Milestone for Justice in Africa

The New York Times posted an article by the Editorial board titled A Milestone for Justice in Africa (that we can annotate together). It talks about The former president of Chad, Hissène Habré and how during his eight year reign 40,000 people were...

Police Brutality

Another bullet is fired another trigger is pulled another blood puddle tired another black stick is used Its just as desired tortured and beaten, but never be ruled its justice required I told you wounds deepen, don’t ever get fooled Hiding behind...

Are we the Parasites of Earth?

Didn't you ever wonder that earth is home for us?. Not only home for us but home for those who lived on these lands before, we have killed them off for our own good. The media acclaims that the destruction happening to earth is due to harmful...

Gentrification

Gentrification has been an big impact negatively and positively especially in west Oakland and east Oakland a lot of people had to move out of there homes because they are low-income families, you really don’t notice any changes but new stores and...

Archetypes in Media

"He's white, as white as you folks, with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He likes to travel around with a mean old hound." If you are not familiar, this is a quote from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" describing the devil. But was this a description...

Arts and Entertainment

Moment In Time

In this photo I tried to get a one time shot. To me a one time shot is something you can only catch so many times. This is a photo of my dog, who is obsessed with tennis balls. I attempted to catch the light coming off of the ground and onto her fur.

Photography

I'm in Digital Photography class, and the photo I uploaded is an example of a photo I would ideally like to take. I took that one last year. I tried to illustrate the rule of thirds, with the focus being the sign and the backdrop being the sunset...

Photography Levels

One of my favorite things I've learned this year about taking photos is to get down on the level of your subject. Eye-level if it is a child or pet. Also, sometimes changing the way something is seen by taking a photo from above eye-level. The photo...

Photography Lesson: downshots

I have always loved photography, but am not very experienced in the field. However I love to take pictures of people in different settings. I want the person to stand out in the picture, but I also want your eye to be drawn to the background and...

Photography Assignment: 1

So far, as a photographer, i have learned that the subject doesn't necessarily need to be the "subject" of the whole photo. Due to the adjustment of focus, lighting, lens dilation, and the rule of thirds; photos are manipulated so there is more that...

Booktalk

Wesley "Bad Boy" Boone: A good friend

Wesley “Bad Boy” Boone, the protagonist in Bronx Masquerade, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is nervous. Two, he is a good friend. Three, he is not very studious. These traits influence his relationships with...

Macbeth's Guilt

                                                                     Who...

Figurative language paragraph

In Down These Mean Streets, Piri Thomas uses the literary element personification to show how addicting heroin is. At one point in the book Piri is using heroin 7 times eeach day, but is relizing how the habit is slowly killing him. For example a...

Environment

The passages are saying that the ghetto is a place that put's you through hell and you got to do your all to get out of it before you fully mess up and have to stay. In the poem it say's, " The people kneeled, the people prayed, the people begged"....

The Mentor: Yoda

The Mentor: Yoda The great Jedi Master Yoda appears in the second(or fifth if you want to argue with semantics) episode of the Star Wars saga. Luke Skywalker has just landed on the planet Dagobah in search of the Jedi Master and will learn the ways...
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Connected Research

Autism

I've decided that during my Summer vacation I'm going to be studying autism more, Does anyone have any interesting things to share? I help at home with babysitting and one of the kids is autistic, It intrigues me watching him and how he interacts...
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What I learned about income inequality

Income inequality is having a small part of the population earning a lot and a huge part of the population earning so little bit of money. There is a huge gap between these two group of people. What causes income inequality? Income inequality is...
Income inequality is when income is given out in an uneven manner among a population. What causes income inequality is when a certain group is favored over another, therefore leaving one group to fend for themselves because they are not getting the...

Common Archetypes

While reading The Odyssey by Homer, I came across many common archetypes and central themes. Odysseus is the strong, brave hero while Penelope is his damsel in distress waiting for him to come home. Another modern day archetype is the nerdy smart...

Luke Skywalker and Odysseus

Luke Skywalker from Star Wars is an archetype of Odysseus from the Odyssey because they both are heroes that have a journey. An example would be when Luke Skywalker gets trapped in an ice cave and is hanging from the ceiling. He used his lightsaber...

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...
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From the Middle (6-8)

Back to the Seventh Grade: Mozart with Amnesia

  This is my project journal.   There are some errors in uploading my project. The chart in it does not have color, and for this reason, it is useless. I also cannot put a video in this body, but the link to the games are provided. My...

VSGE

My Group Project:   My Indivdual Project:   VSGE Overall Idea: The sprite attends the school VSGE--Virtual School of Global Education. The sprite starts off outside the school, and to get in, the player clicks the door. Once inside,...

TheSourPatchKids

Investigate: Overall Idea: The sprite attends the school VSGE--Virtual School of Global Education. The sprite starts off outside the school, and to get in, the player clicks the door. Once inside, there is a screen that says “Welcome to VSGE--the...

Devious Dungeon

Investigate   Rachael: I will be focusing on math. I will be making it anime-themed. It will be an RPG game. The player will be controlling a character, which will be from the anime called Black Butler. It would be about the character racing...

Unit 4: The race-i-fication of the constitution

        <iframe allowtransparency="true" width="485" height="402" src="//scratch.mit.edu/projects/embed/63565640/?autostart=false" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>   “I want to make a race in which the...

Gaming and New Media

Learing Edition: Super Mario Bros.

Game: Your goal will be to run the farthest but you also must answer question to advance. But the level of these questions will be a little harder. There will also be a little lesson before. Obstacles: The questions, the logs, and other things in...

The Minion of the Christmas Choir

Individual: -Rachel Choi- 5/27, 5:53 AM, Yesterday’s Reflection, Home I think the work I've done so far is good...I finished making my character and chose the background. However, I'm not really sure if I should remix another game because I have no...

Academic Adventures: Math Dash

INVESTIGATE The overall group product concept is where we make a group game where the player  chooses from four mini games, one made by each group member, and each of the four mini games requires knowledge of a different subject taught in...

Science and Unicorns

Investigate: Game Concept:  As a group, we are thinking about starting the game from one central location. From this location, you will then have access to all of the group members’ work. For example, Abdullah is doing Chemistry and Physics...

Super Mario: Learning Edition

INVESTIGATE RAUK Group Project: Platform Game Objective: To answer the questions and save MATHLANDIA Chrome: Beautiful characters, funny stuff Fun backgrounds, different character skins and cool power ups Obstacles: Have to get past Kang...

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)

My Creed Project

I always believe that people need friends because friends can lead you to get close to this society, help you come of age and let you understand more about this world. Friendship is like a process that gets you through lots of different situations...

Conflict

Pri is a good kid but he is doing bad in school because hangs out with the bad kids who don't like school. Pii says, "School stunk. I hated school." Piri does not like school but only because of influences from this boys. This shows a man vs....

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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Our Stories and Poems

6 Word Memoir

I am a paradox of integrity. 

I can't buy a keychain

I can't buy a keychain when I go to a gift shop, Do you want to know why?,These stores and malls don't like my name, These places avoid my name like it was the plague and they were afraid to be infected. My name is rare and hardly heard, ...

Be U

I am in trouble for poopin tires and I went to jail after I knocked some garbage cans over. What I'm doing is affecting my family, and I don't like to see my mom sad and all crying and saying please don't do that. But I do it again. What I love to...

Noah

Noah is a name that Latinos love. One time a lady that knows my grandmother said that my name was beautiful because it came from the Bible and that everybody doesn't have that type of name, so that I should be be thankful. In the Dominican...
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Fourteen when I started playing basketball

My name is Mamadou and I'm a boy who likes to live life normal and this is how it is. I have a lot of faith in myself because when I want to do something I can do it because I have faith in myself. That’s why you need to give yourself confidence....

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Day -5: I am designing an invitation for youth to publish on Youth Voices daily (an image to show what's important to you each day), weekly (Do Now about a current event), and monthly (responses to Ask Big Questions). #teachersofinstagram #...

10 things

I love the 10 Self/10 World questions as a tool for generating inquiry topics and honing in on our passions. On TTT the other night, we were talking about other kinds of "10 things" lists that might get students going on this. Here are a few (thank...

Make an Inquiry

As a part of CLMOOC, Michael Weller and friends are doing inquiry. Here are some resource related to this project: Make an Inquiry description Make an Inquiry Hackpad Make an Inquiry Google Doc And here is Michael's "How I got there" log.

"How I got there" mission

** UPDATE: This has now been posted here. Help us make it better. ** A group of us were talking on TTT last night about student inquiry process, and Sheri Edwards suggested a "How I got there" mission that would help students track their iterative...

Youth (and teacher) Voices - May 25, 2015

This is the second Youth Voices email newsletter. If you have anything you'd like to share with other YV teachers, email us! In the meantime, here are some items of interest: Dawn Reed's students are conducting some surveys and would love your...

Video Conversations

What's the "Real" message?

Movies are one of the best entertainment worldwide. There are many different types of movies that can teach you a lot, but sometimes movies don’t portray what is actually going on behind the scenes, in other words, movies don’t always give out the...

Baldwin's discussion of the N-word

In the video, Baldwin says that the N-word shouldn’t be used towards humans, and is not used in any other country in the world. The N-word was not invented by African Americans, it was invented by white people. The white people who created the N-...

Are African Americans Really "Niggers"?

This clip of James Baldwin talks about the word "Nigger" shows that he doesn't think that blacks are considered "nigger". He believes that people describe other based on fears, fears of themselves. They say things to help them not to be afraid of a...

James Baldwin

This film of James Baldwin shows that he believes that people describe others based on fears of themselves, they are describing themselves. He believes that what someone calls him like the word “nigga” is not him, it is whoever came up with the word...
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The "N" word

As I watched James Baldwin discuss "who is the nigger" it made me realize a lot of things. When we call other people the N word or just talk about people in general, it reveals you. Whether it's good or bad.