Thank you for your post! I appreciate your insight about upstanders… You wrote, “In order to become an upstander, our plan is to make posters and put them up in the school so this will show people can see what’s going on to the community by the police officers. By putting up our posters it demonstrates that people need to know this information a…[Read more]
You bring up such an important point about bilingualism. To be truly bilingual, you need to be taught functional language in both Spanish and English. I’m sorry that we’re not helping you with that at Life Academy. This must have been such a frustrating experience for you. But, I’m glad that you and your dad were able to come to a place of empathy…[Read more]
David — This is more of a description of your family than a memoir / short story about them… Can you choose ONE moment from your family’s life that shows how hardworking they are? I would plan to revise BEFORE you submit your final draft of this piece.
Elliot — By sharing your story and owning it, you help others do the same. I wish you could see that. I, for one, very much want to know and understand your story and way of seeing the world. Though I appreciate the sardonic quality of your writing, I wish that you would also choose to share something that’s not “fabrication”.
Gaby – Short, powerful piece. But, it leaves me wondering, “Who is the audience of this piece? Who is the ‘you'”? Thank you for sharing… And, I hope that whomever you are writing to (whether an actual person or a figurative group of people) gets to read this your inspiring words.
Arely – These lines really stand out to me — “This is why I am proud to be an Oakland Chicana // It took me time to be a proud, // It took me time to love my people, // It took my time to care about myself”. I’m glad you’ve made the journey toward self-care and pride. That’s remarkable! You certainly are a revolutionist! I hope you continue to do…[Read more]
Jose – I’m so glad that you posted this. It sounds like you are really close to your family and take a lot of pride in that, as you should. I’m proud of you for finishing and sharing a little bit about the things and people who are important to you with this YouthVoices community.
These lines are brilliant: “My reality was only what I saw through my screen. // No ideas filtered through someone else. // So I did what I wanted.” I hope that you continue to write (for yourself and to entertain others) because you have quite a gift.
Beautifully written –> “Carrying his name does not mean I am cloaked by a shadow of his reputation. It means he chose me as the perdosesor and person to carry on his name.” You are a talented writer, Vicente. Own that and USE it!
This line is so moving and eloquently written: “I see my name as being dark, but there is always a torch inside, a bright light with fire on it, that brings hope” … as is your title. Beautiful writing. You should be PROUD of this!
Do “Vesna” and “Bull” have to battle? I would like to hear more about where you were heading in your final paragraph… How can you bring these powerful personalities together to help you and those around you?
Powerful –> “Even though my names are a bit long… // I had a second chance to open up my eyes and see my first glimpse of light at 10 pm.” I’m so glad you got a second chance to live and be and write this poem. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
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We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
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