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Killing the Sky 2 By
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n Killing the Sky 2, the student-inmates of Rikers Island’s high school, Horizon Academy, discover their voices and the craft of storytelling. Excavating their lives before prison, these... More > students write about lost loved-ones and friends, the allure of the streets after dark, the uproot of moving from city to city – as if describing former lives, former selves. And, each life has its gifts: a young niece to raise right, a math teacher who listened, the goal still possible. Just as these students find the courage to write beyond stigma and silence, readers will find richly human, stirring reflections.< 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.
To the Threshold: 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, Columbia University. Graduate students in this course study the methods of teaching writing for publication by publishing themselves. This highlights the Student Press Initiative’s overall experiential learning approach to professional development: learn by doing. The work focuses upon the genre of profile writing. In end-of-the-semester reflections, many of the students name this as the most challenging and rewarding piece of writing they’ve ever done.< Less
Beacon Science: Volume 2 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. Topics in this issue range from Pavlovian conditioning to the use of nicotine as an herbicide.< 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
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
Chalk Bored By
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Chalk Bored reflects students’ perspectives on teaching and learning in largely traditional classroom settings. After a field experience where ninth grade students assumed the role of teacher... More > in a first grade language arts classroom, students began to examine the teaching and learning process from the other side of the desk.< Less
Filling in the Blanks By
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Filling in the Blanks is a book written for new teachers and teacher educators offering the student perspective on the classroom learning experience. In it, 126 thirteen-year-olds give carefully... More > crafted reflections on what they value as learners. SPI worked with the school to assemble a panel of nine new teachers to exchange perspectives with the student-authors as they drafted.< 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