First Steps with Paul Salopek

Dec 31, 1969
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Will you: 

Can storytelling be slowed to a walking pace in an age of quickly changing headlines? How do you share a journey that spans not seven days — but seven years? Along with Paul Salopek and his Web partners on, we are exploring the latest multimedia technology, new digital mapping tools, exciting social media experiments about global affairs and the rewards of “slow journalism.”


Paul's Welcome to Students

Welcome! We are so glad to have you along on this learning journey. We are going to begin by finding out about journalist Paul Salopek and his amazing walk. To get started, please do the following:

Step One - Write about two welcome videos:

Step Two - Read and Annotate one of Paul Salopek's Dispatches

Read and add annotations to five paragraphs or images in one of these three dispatches by Paul.

Step Three - Write, revise (in a Doc), then post a response on Youth Voices.

Use a Doc to draft and revise, then post on Youth Voices a response to either "Sole Brothers" or "Electronic Oasis" or " 'This Is Not A Life' " that includes quotes from Salopek's writing. Use the Basic Non-Fiction Guide

Let's Read Together using NowComment

  1. Log in to NowComment by clicking the Google Log in button.
  2. Find the actual "Dispatch" by Paul Salopek that has been uploaded to NowComment.
  3. Double-click on five of the most important paragraphs, photos, or videos in the Dispatch, and either start a conversation or comment on a conversation that already exists (if any).
    • In the first box, "Summary of Comment" paraphrase (put into your own words) what Salopek is saying in that paragraph.
    • The second box, "Full Comment" is NOT optional for this mission. In that box elaborate for two or three sentences about the significance of Salopek's words in that paragraph.