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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
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
Heroes and Villains By
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The overarching goal of this project was to capture the spirit of reform in the tenth grade Global History classes as students analyzed various historical figures through the lens of social reform.... More > While all the figures may not fit neatly into our minds as social reformers, it is important to note that individuals enact change for a host of different reasons. Thus, students focused not only on the goals of the reformers, but on the methods of reform as they analyzed and evaluated their historical figures. For example, a student might evaluate Robespierre’s role in the French Revolution and not only note the goals of the revolution for France, but also focus on the means of change—in this case public murder by guillotine. The tenth grade students’ Regents Exam in June requires students’ writing to move from description to evaluation and in many ways this project taught students the tools and skills necessary to develop analytical and evaluative skills through writing.< 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.
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
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
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
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
Coring the Apple: The Best of New York By
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The very first SPI publication, born out of the New York City Lab School, Coring the Apple is a creative Zagat-like rating of “Best-Of” New York City. Embodying the heart of the SPI... More > philosophy-student as writer, student as expert-the expert writing of these 126 eighth graders ranges from The Best Place to be Watched because of What You’re Eating to The Best Park Bench to Quietly Finish Your Homework. Expect to be transported through as many places, moods and perspectives as there are authors.< Less
Shakes: The Bard Meets the Beat By
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The Shakes is the product of 9th grade students' exploration of social issues in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Students first entered into an in-depth analysis of the content and form of both... More > Shakespeare’s language and rap music. They went on to explore how both the Bard and rappers use devices like imagery, hyperbole, allusion, and metaphor to both entertain and critique society. Students then crafted thoughtful argumentative essays and used them to co-author verses for rap songs—a new genre of music students called Academic Rap. The result is an album that contains four songs, uniting the theaters of Elizabethan England with a classroom in Manhattan.< Less