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What Chu Know Bout Queenz By
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What we have in common as New Yorkers is that we know of the local bodegas, pizzerias, subway stations, and firehouses. But, what do we know of who makes a living at these places and what they are... More > all about? When this project started I felt this would be an ample opportunity for my students to become acquainted with and get to know persons raised in, working in, and living in Queens. This is the place where, for the most part of their lives, they experience their livelihood. The students would interview a variety of people that represent the everyday citizen. These citizens help make up how Queens functions today. Who are these people? What is their story? The students were asked to gather all their interview information, edit their work, and then create s story in narrative form in order to share with the public their interviewee’s contribution to their home, a part of our city and our country: a little place known as Queens, New York. --Christina Massie, Teacher< Less
Speak to Us of Work: Bronx Oral Histories By
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In this intergenerational oral history collection, seniors in the Bronx share their life stories with students. Highlights include a memory about marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the meaning... More > of a $2.72 weekly wage back in 1926 when a frankfurter and soda were just 2 cents, and what it took to make bath soap from scratch in a coal-stove kitchen.< Less
Food For Life: Bronx Oral Histories By
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Eleventh grade students and senior citizens participated in weekly icebreaker and storytelling exercises which culminated in the students interviewing and writing the seniors’ oral histories.
Facing Memory: Student Memoirs from Bosnia By
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While countless books have been written about Bosnia-Herzegovina; its people, its politics, its culture, and its wars, the Facing Memory Project brings us the memories and perspectives of young... More > people, offering readers a glimpse at life experiences that surpass some of the more traditional, scholarly and political commentaries emerging from this volatile region.< Less
Real Talk By
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These stories range from simple to complex, humorous to wise. They are not always happy, but they are all true. And even though each writer speaks in a voice uniquely their own, each voice is... More > resilient and strong. Whether we are students or teachers, parents or administrators, Real Talk tells us we can count on our young people to think, to make meaning from their lives, and always, to keep looking ahead.< Less
Magpie By
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Who’s Changing My Hood is a contemporary iteration of DeWitt Clinton High School’s renowned literary publication, The Magpie, which was once authored by then student James Baldwin. For... More > this addition, SPI worked with students to publish a series of profiles of community activists to coincide with a borough-wide student conference on the power of writing.< Less
The Questions Themselves: Profiles of Educators By
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A Collection of Profiles of Educators Written by Graduate Students at Teachers College, Columbia University The Profiles of Educators Series is a biannual project culminating from a Teaching of... More > Writing course taught by Erick Gordon at Teachers College. Graduate students in this course study the methods of teaching writing for publication by publishing themselves. The collection offers a glimpse into the lives of outstanding educators ranging from college professors to yoga instructors, each bound by their desire to partake in a journey of teaching and learning.< Less
About Face: Portraits of Activism By
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About Face: Portraits of Activism, is a student journalism project in which twelfth grade writers profile over 30 social activists in New York City. The book grows out of a 15-week study of the... More > history of social change. This twelfth grade curriculum investigates community leaders and those working to create social change and positive impact on our society in both historical and contemporary contexts. Copies of About Face were distributed to select ninth grade social studies classrooms around New York City. One of the goals of SPI is to find innovative ways to use each of our student publications as a text for further learning in other classrooms. Subjects profiled in the first issue include filmmaker Spike Lee, television journalist Anderson Cooper and historian Eric Foner.< Less
Beacon Science: Volume 3 By
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Beacon Science, modeled after scholarly journals in the field, represents self-selected topics of study for students enrolled in Senior Science Seminar at Beacon High School. After conducting lengthy... More > laboratory experiments and writing reviews of literature, students publish their findings in the annual issue of Beacon Science.< Less
Enchando Humo Para Siempre By
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This book marks the third collaboration between the Student Press Initiative of Columbia, Teachers College and Horizon Academy’s interred student population. The previous works have held as an... More > arch concern the belief that the pathways to expression afforded by these publications remain uninterrupted and uninflected, particularly in regards to the language utilized in that expression. The interviews providing the basis for this collection of narratives were conducted in Spanish, and their subsequent English translations were drawn from textual transcripts. While translation introduces a conspicuous obstacle into the enterprise of linguistically precise oral history, another concern central to the mission of these books is broadening a legitimate audience base for stories that usually are left unaccessed by nature of their authors, their locations, their content, and, in this case, their language.< Less