Please join Paul Allison, Alice Barr, George Mayo, and Chris Sloan — along with a list, still in the making, of students from Paul’s, Alice’s and Chris’s schools. Join teachers and students from Maine, New York, Utah, and Maryland. We will be talking about what has gone well with Youth Voices this year and what might go better.
We will talk about two issues, both involve the larger question: “what do we do with all this stuff we’ve been composing?”
We’ve been thinking about where all this blogging was leading. Our students have composed a lot of stuff now, and so where does it go? One of the things some of us have done was to have students list and categorize all their posts; then they choose one enduring theme in their work to date and they write a 1,500 research paper using some of their findings as a springboard. Students will still write their share of traditional research papers in college, so we are trying to integrate their online inquiry with a more traditional research paper.
Another thing we’re curious about is the students who have used Youth Voices (and other social networks) for advocacy. One of the students from Chris Sloan’s school in Salt Lake City who will be joining us, Alexis, is interesting because a lot of her posts have been about her social advocacy; she’s been to Africa, Chiapas, and this summer Cambodia for service projects. Another of Chris’s students, Maria, has written a lot about Uganda and the Invisible Children.
And that’s not all!
Hannah Feldmen, a student at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, and George Mayo have recently launched Space 4.
SPACE magazine, an online K-12 literary magazine, is open for submission! Issue 4 is dedicated to showcase the many varieties of poetry, so submit your haikus, submit your limericks and your sonnets, submit your prose.
How to submit, you ask? Simple!
Tweet the URL of your work, along with your first name, grade, and location (state and/or country) to @space_issue4
and you’ve submitted! You are on your way to becoming a literary sensation!
DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2009!
We will discuss with George how to blend Youth Voices with this publication.
Please join us!