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 asynchronous and face-to-face) experiences for the youths in our middle and high school classrooms.
I Spy Santa
Like all other little kids, I not only believed in Santa, but was obsessed with the idea of him and impressed that he could deliver so many presents in just one night. Every year my brother, Preston, and I receive presents from Santa that I now realize were really from my parents. Several kids would try telling us how they didn't believe in Santa, but my brother and I thought we knew better. Hearing about the time my own mother caught Santa leaving presents at her house, my brother and I wished to catch him as well.
Matthew wrote a story about a goose coming into his yard. He learned to use quotation marks and onomatopoeia to enhance his story.
Wild Goose Chase
One day I went outside. Then I saw a goose! I tried to scare it,
But I got bit. “Honk honk honk,” it honked.
“Mom help,” I cried. “There’s a goose in our yard!”
And she scared it away. She said, “Shoo goose! Shoo goose!”
That was the goofiest goose ever.