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Killing the Sky 3 By
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Killing the Sky grows out of a unique collaboration between The Student Press Initiative and Horizon Academy, the Department of Correction/Department of Education high school at Rikers Island in New... More > York.< Less
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
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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
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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
Aguas con el Caballo By
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This is SPI's third publication with incarcerated youth at Horizon Academy. The previous collaborations have held as an arch concern the belief that the pathways to expression afforded by these... More > 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
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
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
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