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Looking for ideas? We invite all students and their teachers to use these projects to create discussions at any time. Choose a title in the list below to find detailed instructions and examples.

Are you a power user of Youth Voices? Check out Youth Voices Challenges and Tasks (aligned with Common Core Learning Standards), (Revised September 2012), and Play Youth Voices.

Check out the articles (PDFs) students and teachers have collected for each other in this Youth Voices Personal Crocodoc folder. Add folders with new topics and add PDFs of articles that you think others might find helpful int their research. How to video for using and adding PDFs in the Youth Voices Crocodoc Folder.

Gooru Collections: Find resources to support students' inquiries.

Members of Youth Voices can Create a Mission, Add a Page, and Add a Wiki.

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Are you tired of writing boring old research papers that are just full of data? Learn how to synthesize sources to both appeal to an audience and deliver factual information by creating a news article.

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Write a "dialogue of authors" in which the writers of the four articles listed on the mission page give their answers for the following questions, with supporting evidence for the claims that are made:

How should Obama and Romney respond to Occupy Wall Street? In his campaign for President, should each of the candidates support, denounce, or remain silent about the Occupy Wall Street movement?

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Find an opinion piece from an online newspaper, (Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) about a topic that interests you. Read it through a couple of times – how does the author try to persuade the audience of his/her argument? How does the author use ethos, pathos or logos? Write about it on Youth Voices.

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As a way of introducing themselves, students post "This I Believe" essays The idea is for students to not only get to know each other, but to open up their writing to a broader audience and receive feedback from someone besides their own classmates. By working together and sharing ideas, we hope to help each other become better writers!

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An in depth look as to what it mean to be civilized and deciding based on the achievements of the Romans during their golden age if they meet this definition.

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"Before you finish high school, you HAVE to read...."
So many of us hear this statement, invariably followed by some "classic" or another, but what do YOU think all high schoolers should read before they graduate? Should there even be required reading at all?

Arts and Entertainment

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Youth Voices is in need of one original image done by a student to use as the icon for this site. It can be one of your photographs, a piece of your art, or any original creation of yours.  Upload your image by August 31, 2012 and enter to win.

Arts and Entertainment

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The purpose of Photo 180 is to take pictures of a complete school year showing all 180 days and the 180 degree change that a single school year can make in our lives. We invite you to shoot one picture every day, expressing what was happening for you as a learner that day whether in school or outside of school.

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Antonio Wingfield's Icon

Represent yourself online by making an avatar/icon. There are many services, discussion sites, and social networking sites where you can upload your avatar. You can then make different avatars/icons for different places online. An avatar is a representation of the essence of you.

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Day 242: Questions For Heaven, by amanky on flickr (Creative Commons)

One of the most important things you can do as a photographer is to document your interests. If you care about what you photograph, you'll do better work. This exercise will help you think more about what interests you and what you're curious about. After that, you'll photograph some of your interests.

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Who am I? a Creative Commons image by Lorianne DiSabato on flickr

Add four Creative Commons images to a Google Presentation to represent yourself with image and text.

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Produce and be the subject of a video portrait of yourself as a photographer, like what Mark Godfrey does. Look over your photostream and locate the photos that you're proud of. There are many kinds of special topics that you might talk about when you describe your work as a photographer.

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fire storm by By Reid Bell a Youth Voices pool photographer on flickr

Youth Voices photographers share the secrets of their craft. Their videos showcase their excellent work, which might inspire you to find your eye and follow your passions as a photographer (or something else). Check it out!

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Sunshine Flower by RachelS7 a Youth Voices pool photographer on flickr.

Art takes many forms and we would like to build a partnership and network of like-minded artists in students around the world! We would love to acquire submissions of all art - photography, art, literature, anything to our international magazine!
See submission guidelines in the Mission.

Repentino. (lat. repentīnus). 1. adj. Que se produce de manera imprevista, all of a sudden.

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Use Creative Commons images to pose questions and complicate your thinking about your research topic. Images have a way of adding complex, sometimes even contradictory ways of seeing a subject. Make a short slide show that expresses different perspectives on your topic without words.

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Read, annotate, and write about Steven Spielberg's movie, "Lincoln." Let us know what you think about the movie and the reviews.

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Create a wiki page about a significant photographer from the past.

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Here are some Do-It-Yourself projects using your own photos to make gifts for people.

Booktalk

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We are developing a VoiceThread together as we read Black Boy together. You can simply read from the text, dramatize a section, tell your own story that is related to something in the novel, or express your thoughts, feelings and opinions about a particular section. Each section of the novel is identified with a specific photograph.

Booktalk

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Read 2BRO2B with us on Book Glutton.

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Read Little Brother with us in Book Glutton.

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Reviews on American Born Chinese

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We want to know what you think of Down These Mean Streets. What are the important themes, lessons, inquiries, and questions in Piri Thomas's "vivid, brutally honest memoir of experiences of racial prejudice and discrimination, identity formation, and youthful involvement with crime that leads to life-altering prison experiences" (Wikipedia). Piri spend's "much of his adolescent and early adult life contemplating his racial and ethnic identity." How do you find these issuese in your life and in the world today?

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Boo Radley shared bits of his life with Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by placing things in the knothole of a tree. If you could only express your life through things placed in a knothole, what would you put, why would you put it?

Connected Research

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At the beginning of each new project, inquiry, or writing assignment you should create substantial personal, committed, passionate pieces of writing. It's a good idea to collect your freewriting, focused sentences, and more freewriting in Google Docs (or a similar platform) that you can share with your teacher and others. It's important to give the time, not just at school but at home as well.

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We mean it! We really do want you to find your own area of inquiry, your own niche of expertise, exploration, and excitement. What are you already good at? What do you dream about, wonder over, and want to inquire into? What are you passionate about? That's what good research is really about. Starting with 10 self and 10 world questions is a great way to begin!

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Think about how you would like to introduce yourself to the Youth Voices community of students and teachers. Your bio will be one click away from each of your discussion posts and comments on this site.

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As you follow the news about Occupy Wall Street on facebook, twitter, and other Internet sources, we want to encourage you to add your voice by posting discussions about the protests that are being organized in your own community and across the world.

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"The loop writing process is a way to get the best of both... control and creativity. On the one hand it lets you steer where you are going... But on the other hand it expands your point of view.... It is especially useful if you can't think of much to write or are stuck with a topic that bores you."

Peter Elbow, "The Loop Writing Process," Chapter 8 in Writing With Power.

Connected Research

One Day On Earth

Participate in the One Day on Earth project.

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Add your comments to these articles. Log in to your Google account so that we can know who is commenting!

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Sondra Perl's Composing Guidelines sometimes work differently for different people--and even differently for you on different occasions. The main thing to remember is that they are meant for you to use on your own, flexibly, in your own way. There is nothing sacred about the exact format or wording. They are not meant to be a straitjacket. The specific details of the procedure are much less important than the charitable, supportive, and generative spirit behind the whole thing.

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This mission is designed to help you write another discussion post about your inquiry topic. This might be your fourth or fifth post on your question, and this won’t be the last time you write about your question. However, if you’ve been keeping up with your annotations and your dialectical notes (see Guides) as you do your research, then it’s quite likely that the post you write for this mission will elicit helpful comments from other students on Youth Voices.

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Comment on a couple of articles, podcasts, and videos about The Shooting of Trayvon Martin. Please log in to your Google account so that we can keep track of your comments.

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Let's investigate what's in our personal care products. How dangerous is a beauty salon?

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This interactive infographic from Number Sleuth accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your present magnification level.

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Five crescents - Wikipedia

Write a thoroughly researched post based on your inquiry question. Your post must have FIVE reliable sources and provide a "Works Cited" listing all of them. Your discussion post should draw on relevant information from five reliable sources. Sources should be cited in the proper MLA or APA format at the bottom of the post. Use the Five Reliable Sources guide.

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Post Modern Wall

This is a fun project that allows you to combine many different viewpoints in one multimedia research project. Some students were frightened by the idea of making a movie, but I didn’t offer much in the way of instruction on Movie Maker while we experimented in my class. I just demonstrated how I was building my sample right along with the students, and we figured it out as we went. Within days, many of the students knew more about movie maker than me. Check out the movies they produced related to The Things They Carried on the mission page.

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McDonald's

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Doctor By [a]clark a Youth Voices pool photographer on Flickr.

College is not an option for everyone, yet leaving high school and going directly into the workforce is not easy. Only 16% of the high school graduates from 2009, 2010, and 2011 (who are not in college) are employed full-time. This leaves us with a lot of questions for ourselves and our society.

Connected Research

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For good reasons, a lot of people question the credibility (Can't anybody write something there?) and the reliability (How do we know anything there is true or balanced?) of Wikipedia. Yet it is sometimes a good place to start a research project, to find out what people are saying about a particular topic, and to find other sources. Further, if we support or question any claim from a Wikipedia article with other sources, we are learning good lessons in checking our facts from any one source against other sources.

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A good way to start a research project is in the here and now. Find a news article that appeared within the past 30 days. If you use Google News, you'll be looking in about 4,500 news sites. Sure, news comes and goes, but a newspaper is a good place to start your research, to see how your question or topic is showing up in the news these days. You'll also find leads to other more in-depth, well-developed sources that you can use to continue your research.

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Blogs help you reach beyond the mainstream media to a wider and deeper perspective on a broad range of less common topics. Sure, there are questions about credibility (Anybody can create a blog.) and reliability (How do we know anything is true in a blog?), but blogs can be a great way to start collecting together different perspectives on almost any issue or question that you might want to learn more about. Bloggers often point to other more reliable and credible sources that you can use as you continue your research.

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We want you to build a Google Presentation around a Presentation template that we’ve put up in Google Templates called Reading Black Boy - Chapter 1. Each of the ten slides contains an image representing 2 to 6 pages in the first chapter of Black Boy. Your job is to record yourself and/or your peers on video, get it uploaded to YouTube, then insert at least one video on each page of your presentation.

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Follow the directions in the four screencasts and the written, step-by-step instructions in this mission to create a Detox section on your profile page on Youth Voices. This mission introduces you to the tools you need to get started. Of course, you need to be a member of Youth Voices. In addition you need to get a Google Account which will give you Drive and YouTube. You'll also need Audacity and an account at the Internet Archive. These are the four tools I invite you to activate and use in these four screencasts: Google Drive, which has multiple uses, YouTube, Audacity, and the Internet Archive.

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No matter what teachers and others think about the accuracy and reliability of Wikipedia, most agree that it's a good launching pad for finding more solid sources for your research.

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Use databases such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, or GALE to gain access to full-text journal articles, government reports, and academic studies in organized collections. Although the differences between what you can find on the surface web and in the deep web sometimes seem to be exaggerated and are changing, it's still true that the content of databases has undergone a review process and the information is often more reliable than some of the information found on the Internet.

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Write a Collage Essay, which Peter Elbow describes like this: "A written collage consists of separate, disconnected bits of writing rather than one continuous, connected piece. Often there are spaces or asterisks or decorative dingbats between the separate bits. That may not sound like good writing, but finished collages are often remarkably satisfying and effective as writing."

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The elections taking place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 will affect your future. Use this task as a way to explore issues that are important to you and to engage other students in conversations about the issues that matter most to you.

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Let's read, view, listen and annotate together.

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Read, annotate and write responses to articles about violent crime.

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Read and annotate articles and watch videos and take notes on the Young Lords. At a crossroads in US history, the Young Lords fought for human rights of Puerto Ricans and other oppressed people. Known for bold actions and dramatic protests, they brought attention to the dire conditions that people were living in the 1960s and 70s paving the way for progressive changes.

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Learning the facts and trying to understand. Read, annotate, and write about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Let us know what you think about what happened in Newton, Connecticut

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Read and annotate articles and watch videos and listen to podcasts about Economics. It's important to have your own questions and lines of inquiry as you read, take notes, and add quotes on and from these sources. All of this should lead to your writing about your question, issue or topic within the fields of micro- and macro-Economics.

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Read and write about Stop-and-Frisk, a policy used by the police in NYC and other cities to reduce crime. But some say that the police unfairly target Black and Hispanic young men, who have made up 85 percent of those stopped. Is this practice fair and effective? Does it reduce crime? Does Stop-and-Frisk violate the fourth amendment protections: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures...?

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Read, annotate, and write about Malcolm X. Let us know what you think about his life, philosophy, and politics.

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Poverty and the gap between the richest New Yorkers and the poorest New Yorkers is a problem that politicians, activists, business people, and all New Yorkers must deal with. What are some of the causes of income inequality? How can we break the patterns of poverty that hold too many New Yorkers back?

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Most agree that we could be doing a better job of educating the youth of New York City. Classrooms need to enlivened, updated, and students need to be empowered. The drop-out rate is too high. Shifting to higher standards is something we are all working on. Large schools are being closed and smaller schools have replaced them. Teachers and students are under pressure to increase success on standardized tests. What are the real problems facing our schools in New York City? What are some of the solutions that we know work? What gets in the way of changing schools in New York City? What changes would you like to see?

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Gun violence is an issue we must face in New York City. All of us have to combat gun violence. Ending gun violence is a political, health, educational, religious, ethical, and justice issue. What laws might we pass that would increase the peace? How do we interrupt the cycles of violence that we find in many of our neighborhoods in NYC? What do you think has to change?

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Obesity, diabetes, and asthma are three of the more obvious consequences of poor eating habits that stem from food insecurity, lack of grocery stores, and bad eating habits. What can we do in NYC to foster access to healtier food and lifestyles? How can we bring more health and food security into the lives of our youths?

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Through building nest boxes and placing them in a park, students will learn basic woodworking skills, and they will learn about the importance of studying the migratory patterns of birds like Tree Swallows. Students will be introduced to basic concepts of scientific observation, biology, evolution, ornithology, and environment sciences.

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It's time to become a food detective." Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" guides us through the mystery of where our food comes from. You will never look at the food you eat the same way again!!

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Create a discussion that explains, "Why People Should Care about My Research Project." Make your title a question that includes your topic, add at least 5 keywords to identify some of your sub-topics, and attach a Creative Commons image, citing the photographer.

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Comment on the posts listed as "Examples" on the left side of the mission. Read and annotate texts, videos, and podcasts about water, then add quotations from these resources to your Dialectical Notes about water. Post a discussion about one text, video, or podcast on Youth Voices, OR one that follows the questions in the mission: "Why People Should Care about My Research Project. Once you've completed Dialectical Notes on two or three more resources, write, revise, and proofread a Discussion on Youth Voices.

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 Write to two mastery-level comments on Youth Voices that follow the General Discussion commenting guide

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You may not like the idea of planning your future but letting it come 

-Start by wriiting your ideas

-Get involve with what you think your future will come as

-Think of the opprtunities you will have 

- look back on what you have done that you really enjoy

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I want students to be able to connect with the 1960's by revisiting the assassination of John F. Keneddy

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Write an essay or article explaining how your perception of the American Dream has been influenced(family, media, books,etc). In your essay incorporate an article that you have found and read, or even a book or movie that demonstrates the American Dream.

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I want student's to realize that Global Warming is a real issue for the world and future society.

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Play these games. Capture screenshots or a video captures of your moves on a game. Write reflections describing the strategies you or your partner used to win.

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There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories. Read and annotate the five chapters of this New York Times series. Write responses, hold video conferences, take action, and find other ways to get involved in these issues.

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Read and annotate several of these articles about women in Ancient Egypt. When you annotate, try to type anything that is passing through your mind while you are reading. You can pose questions and speculate on answers, freewrite, argue, tell stories, make connections, add other ideas... Try to type your "movie of the mind" while reading.

Remember to add your name in the top right, then choose the Point, Area, or Text Commenting tool from a drop-down menu in the top, left-hand corner.


After you read and annotate one of these articles...

Write a response using the guide, "Basic Response to a Non-Fiction Article" to write about the issues raised in this essay. Post your essay on Youth Voices.


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What to do: Choose a video, game, or an article about Ancient Egypt from this Gooru Collection. Use Crocodoc or Vialogues, to read and annotate every paragraph with questions, opinions, reactions one of the articles or annotate every couple of minutes of a video. Then follow the guides listed above to post a Discussion about that article, video, or game.

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The issues raised by the Jordan Davis murder trial touch deeply on issues of race, law, social justice, and any and all of these issues could be a course of study. What we hope to do with this collection is to offer a number resources that teachers and students can use to read, write, and think about the case while knowing that no set of texts can possibly speak to all of the challenges this case represents.

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What to do to get mastery: Choose two of these Youth Voices Discussions Posts about Ancient Egypt that you haven't commented on yet (for your On Track comments), and use the guide "Quoting a Source in a Comment" to quote from the discussion post and an article you've researched.

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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 http://www.outofedenwalk.com, we are exploring the latest multimedia technology, new digital mapping tools, exciting social media experiments about global affairs and the rewards of “slow journalism.”

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Create a claim that argues how human actions have impacted the environment. The claim must be supported with evidence from text and you will also provide a counterclaim with evidence.

From the Middle (6-8)

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In the news, there are infinite stories that grab our attention as middle school and elementary school students. What are some interesting stories in the news now?

From the Middle (6-8)

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As a student in middle school or elementary school, what issues are important to you?

From the Middle (6-8)

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Read and Annotate Transitions

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Students write narrative memoirs about their day, past experiences, and life in general. Some are six word memoirs, others are Twitter memoirs, and some students put out their bigger narrative piece that was done for class. Please read and feel free to comment!

Gaming and New Media

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Create an effective multi-media presentation that can be embedded in Youth Voices that meets a pre-determined goal.

Gaming and New Media

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Use Scratch to create an interactive ethical story, a story that teaches a lesson, or at least makes you understand how hard it is to make a good choice and have you feel that the right choice is always best. There should be a part of the story where the viewer can make a decision that will change the ending of the story completely. The viewer must make the decision that is morally correct. One decision is right and one decision, although it may help you in the short-term, will hurt because it was not the right thing to do.

Gaming and New Media

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When we detox we are finding our own space of permission. When we make these video-, audio-, or written journals, we're playacting or experimenting with the invisible parts of a healthy, self-directed mindset. We're learning what it means to be mindful. Self-reflection is a natural state we are promoting, in order to pump adrenaline back into the soul. Of course we do this humbly, remembering the young person who asked, "Who are you to tell me to be myself?"

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Comment on a couple of article about the KONY 2012 vidoe. Please log in to your Google account so that we can keep track of your comments.

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Read the summary and the questions posed by By Holly Epstein Ojavlo, then go to the Learning Network at The New York Times and tell the world what you think about campaigns like Kony 2012. Do campaigns like these make you more or less likely to delve deeper into issues and take social action?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment on the Learning Network at The New York Times. Please use only your first name. For privacy policy reasons, they will not publish student comments that include a last name.

Gaming and New Media

Renaissance High School students teach string games at Radical Craft night @MAH

Playing games with string is a human cultural universal. This ancient art form is surprisingly helpful in developing both the manual dexterity and strength needed for computer keyboarding. The approach I use for teaching string games to groups also provides a helpful practice ground for some of life's essential skills: creativity, resilience, cooperation, and storytelling.

Gaming and New Media

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PDFs are often a great source for finding reliable, complex, interesting articles about your topic. And it's as easy as adding a couple of filters in Google's Advanced Search. Once you find 2 or 3 articles, reports, or studies, add them to your Crocodoc files, learn vocabulary by adding words to Quizlet flashcards, and make Dialectical Notes.

Gaming and New Media

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Many of us use YouTube for entertainment, but browse over to YouTube.com/education to see how many fascinating videos you can find to spark your research project. Use EDU-YouTube to find 2 or 3 videos from such inspiring sources as TEDx Talks, Stamford University, and PBS NewsHour, and more!

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Podcasts are rich sources of information for most any research project. Search on iTunes to see what you can find, then look on NPR to find couple of podcasts there as well. Listen carefully, take dialectical notes, then add your brief transcriptions, citations, and responses from these podcasts to your discussion post.

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Technology By Ayers Photo Christopher Ayers, a Youth Voices pool photographer.

Wow! 2,750 texts a month! And that's just the average. Our guess is, many of us exceed that number quite often. Read the attached articles. Tell us what you think.

Gaming and New Media

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Not sure what to do during a HOMAGO session? Here are some ideas for Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out!

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Congratulations! You have completed your home design, your measurements and calculated the the area and perimeter of your home. You also checked your work using the Distributive Property to see if your calculations were correct.

We want to use this project in future classes. Please help us to write down the instructions, how you did each step of the process. Each step should be a paragraph.

Post your instructions on Youth Voices, and include your model that you make on Planner 5D https://planner5d.com/ Let's make 3D models of your houses.

Letters to Decision Makers

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Make your voice heard in the 2013 race for Mayor and City Council seats in New York City. Tell the voters and the candidates in New York City what you think is the most important issue facing young people in our city today. Let them know what you think about a specific issue, injustice, or problem facing New Yorkers by writing a Letter to the Next Mayor of New York City. Read and write about the candidates and their positions. Do research into the issues you care about the most, and write letters of argument to the next Mayor and/or members of the City Council, explaining how this issue impacts the lives of young New Yorkers. Write and submit as many letters of argument as you would like, keeping each focused to one particular issue facing New Yorkers today.

Our Space (K-5)

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Your mission create a story using Storybird. This site has lots of art to choose from to create your story book. Teachers can sign on and add students. Each student will be able to create a personal account. If you have any questions, please comment at the bottom of the mission or email Margaret Simon at masimon@iberia.k12.la.us

Our Stories and Poems

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In this mission you will write descriptions and responses in a nature notebook, take photographs in a garden, and compose poems about flowers, vegetables and fruit. Then you'll do research on the flowers, vegetables, and fruit that your peers have published. Next, you'll write comments that include quotations (with citations) from your research and another poem in response the the one you're commenting on.

Our Stories and Poems

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Let's write stories that are moments in our lives that mark who we are, stories that come from unforgettable events in our lives, that have created indelible memories for each of us individually.

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Write two poems like those in Born Tying Knots: Swampy Cree Naming Stories. First, tell the story of your “Past Swampy Cree Indian Name.” Write a poem/story that explains why you might have been given this back THEN. After that, write a second poem to tell the story of your “Present Swampy Cree Indian Name.” What name would people who know you NOW give you at this time? Why?

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Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried"

What is the most important thing you carry with you every day? Why is it significant in your life? Who would you want to tell about this weight you carry, and what would you tell them about it? Is it a concrete object or something more symbolic? In this mission you can be funny or serious, but you are going to explore a weight you carry with you in life through letter writing.

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Consider the qualities that make a person your hero. Explain why this person is your hero and come to some conclusion on the nature of heroism (what exactly makes someone a hero).

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Every person has 'The Monster' inside of them. Write a story about the monster inside of you. 

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We are all experts on who we are, the lives we have lived and the experiences that impact on who we are and how we see the world. Through our stories we learn about ourselves and the experiences of others. In this project students will explore their history as readers as a way of understanding its contribution to who they are as readers. As students explore these identities,  and the role they play in their reading lives, they will also reflect on how they want to revise these identities as a pathway to enacting change in their lives and communities.

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CReate an outsider

 

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The title of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk is connected to blues music. Since there is a strong connection between music and modern poetry, it might be interesting to briefly study bop poetry--a poetic form created by Afaa Michael Weaver--because it is a genre that speaks about a problem (as blues music often does) and uses repetition (as songs usually do). Read several examples of bop poetry and write an original bop poem of your own.

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Make a video of you reflecting about your question.

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Make a slideshow that explains your question " Does everyone have a monster inside them?"