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Argument

Marriage and Equality

Recently, in the last year or so, the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has been in the spotlight of American politics. Arguments have been made for both sides, and, especially in Utah, the topic seems to have some serious passion behind it. I...

Oppression through the Justice System

Not all people are bad, and not all people are good. Not all cops are not dangerous, and not all marginalized individuals are criminals. After watching the documentary, “Every Mother’s Son” and reading the book Native Son, I was able to make the...

Reactions to Every Mother's Son

A thematic connection I can make from the film "Every Mother’s Son" and the book Native Son is that they both experience racial problems and unfair treatment. The treatment that all three victims got was unfair because they were accused of crimes...

Reflection on Every Mother's Son

The documentary, "Every Mother’s Son," had made me disappointed in mankind because of the actions the police had made and the overall decision that these judges had made. The actions the police made demonstrated that they can not be trusted and that...
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We Can Fix Insomnia!!!

50 to 70 million Americans are affected by insomnia. There are primarily two types of insomnia: acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Acute insomnia is usually related to factors in everyday life that affect you such as a change in work, family, or...
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Arts and Entertainment

Review: Selma Movie World Changing Experience

The movie “Selma” describes the time period in were the blacks didn’t get any rights and the whites controlled them.Such as treating them as animals not human,not having the rights that all people should have.Martin luther King Jr. worked hard with...

Selma will help us wake up

The movie "Selma" is a story about a movement. Selma is a city in Alabama, where African-American were segregated and do not have the authority to vote. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a thousands of non-violent demonstrators to march from the Selma...

My day celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

As many may know the famous quote, 'I have a dream...' others may not truly understand the real meaning behind those words or the person who spoke them. I myself did not realize the full length of that statement until just last weekend where I went...

Selma Film Reaction

Selma to me was a very powerful film. It takes place post signing of the Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King is in a fight to gain the right to vote for African Americans. My reaction to the film is that although this was so long ago, things aren'...
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Remembering our Jimmies in our community

My first response after watching Selma was, "But it's not over". Watching the movie literally gave me chills, especially in the scene where Jimmie Lee Jackson played by Keith Stanfield is shot to death and the film closes in into the hollow...
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Booktalk

Getting to Know the Real Ripper

The book The Mystery behind Jack the Ripper by Vickie Britton is about a honorary gentleman that was so disgusted with prostitution that he decided it was justice to kill the prostitutes. He would rip and carve out their bodies afterward in his mind...

A rose ring, dreams, a mother’s death and love

The book Cursed by Tara Brown is about a girl Aimee James who is threatened with death for unknown reasons. In that moment when the world pauses before death she meets a mysterious man she falls in love with that brings her back to life. It is odd...

Families have skeletons in their closets

In the book Diary of a Vampeen by Christin Lovell is about an ordinary girl that at the age of 16 out of nowhere she finds out she will become half-vampire. It gets worse when she falls in love with a full vampire who might reject her for being half...

A huge black spiral

Recently, I read Tear Drop, by Lauren Kate. I relished this book. I love the theme of things being forbidden and its rebellious nature of the protagonist. The protagonist is Eureka. Her story is set in modern day world, specifically in a small...

No longer the person who daydreams

Cassia is a dynamic character. Her archetype changes over the course of the story. In the beginning of the book, she is the archetypal the naif. This can be seen on page 218, where the author writes,“‘No,’ Caleb says. ‘They know they can’t. They...

Connected Research

What does it feel like to be misunderstood?

Sometimes when I feel like I’m being misunderstood I feel like people judges me because they don’t understand my point or don’t understand what I feel or don’t have the same mind as me and also judge without knowing everything you been through....

Every Mother's Son

The documentary, Every Mother's Son, and the book ,Cry, The Beloved Country, connect in that they both expose the tragic reality people of color face in a society where they are looked at as "dangerous and unwanted". Both are transparent with the...

The Battle Still Un-won

The unrest in Ferguson, following the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, opened my eyes to the internal battles that our nation is still fighting. This is not the first case of its kind, the publicity generated by this case...

Utah's Drug Problem

In doing some random browsing on the internet recently, I came across two very interesting statistics on Utah's drug problems. The first: An average of 21 Utahns die as a result of prescription pain medications each month. And the second, while a...

Thoughts on Serial killer with disorders

What do you really know about a serial killer? Facts only and not thoughts on the topic. What makes a serial killer? Do you know any type of metal disorder? Can you honestly state that a serial killer deserve to die if the disorder cause him to kill...
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español

Mi nombre

Mi nombre es William. Vino. de mi papa. Mi nombre me recuerda de mi papa. Mi nombre expresa gusta.

Cuentos de misterio

Una vez que yo fui con mi prima al cementerio estaba muy oscuro y me daba mucho miedo. Cuando estábamos caminando había un muerto que estaba vivo sentado en la tumba mirando con su ojos muy oscuro. Mi prima le daba mucho miedo porque el muerto...
Lei un articulo titulado “la metida de pata de la policía de Nueva york twitter.’’ LA idea central del artículo es que la policía quería fotos sonriente con los ciudadanos y le subieron foto de gente esposada. Mi opinion del artículo es que No me...

Pueden algun Diaz desaparecer los examenes

Lei un articulo titulado “Pueden algun dias desaparecer los exámenes.’’ La idea central del artículo es que vas cambia los exámenes pesadilla de mucho estudiantes. Mi opinion del artículo es que si que para mucho estudiantes es una pesadilla...

Zeitgeist

It was almost darkly coincidental. Our AP biology teacher assigned us to read Richard Preston's The Hot Zone during December and January of 2013-2014. If you haven't read it, The Hot Zone was an expository book that came out in 1994 and was one...

From the Middle (6-8)

Police Brutality

Ersula Ore. Eric Garner. Jahmil-El Cuffee. Rosan Miller. Marlene Pinnock. Al Flowers. Alonzo Grant. This is just a sample of the men and women who have been savagely, and unnecessarily, beaten by police officers this summer. Garner's case, in which...
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Eric Garner: Chokehold not necessary

Eric Garner was a middle-aged man who was killed by a group of police officers when they put him into a chokehold. This dates back to July 17, 2014 when Eric Garner was killed by NYPD officers. Eric garner broke up a fight that was going on in his...

How Do You Become Good In Soccer?

Soccer is a sport that takes practice to be good. Especially if you want to become as good as Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. They started playing when they were young and their practice gave them the skill that they have now. People...
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Ebola Disease

Ebola is a deadly disease that originated in Africa back around 1970’s. There are different strains of Ebola and some are more deadly than other. Recently people have been visiting south africa and coming to America not knowing they had the disease...

Locked In School

One day a kid named amadou got locked up in the school the school New Directions he was not so scared because he knew what he was supposed to do, but suddenly he started hearing bouncing balls in the hallway. He thought that somebody was in the...

Gaming and New Media

Juan's Animated Introduction

Here’s my animated introduction: My name is Juan Carlos Alejo. I am from Mexico. I am 15 years old. I was born on April 7, 19-99. My mom is Maria de Lourdes and my dad is Lucas Alejo. I have two siblings, an older sister named Norma and a...

Andreina's Animated Introduction

Steven's Animated Introduction

What new developments (social media) will be created?

New developments like the iPhone, Android, iPad and gaming systems are very popular in the lives of children nowadays. In general, social media is different than what it was in the past. People in the 20th and earlier centuries did not experience...

Michael's Animated Introduction

my name is Michael. I live in brooklyn new york. That's my family: my brother Brian and my mom Evelise. I study at cobble hill high school, and I work at a grocery store in Sunset Park. For me, Cobble Hill is different from other schools in...

Letters to Decision Makers

Dear Future English Teacher

Dear Future English Teacher: I am proud to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It that shows my ability to “Freewriting Badge.” After you look at my work, I hope you will see why I think it's important to me...
Dear teacher who gives me a research project in the future: I am proud to show you my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It shows my ability to receive the “Annotating Badge.” After looking at my work, I hope you see my good annotating...

Commenting Helps with Understanding

Dear Future History Teacher, I am delighted to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer program. It is the “Courageous Commentator” that shows my skills. After you look at my profile you see that I have commented on many...

Letter to new Superintendent Wilson

Dear Superintendent Wilson, I think some issues you should address as you begins your time in Oakland is to create more lights around the school because a lot of pedestrians have accidents for the reason of not having enough lights and there is a...

Letter to Oakland's New Superintendent

Dear, Mr. Antwan Wilson, My name is Cristina Alvarez, and I am a 12th grader at Fremont High School. I am writing this letter to you to let you know the issues that I am having at my school and what you can do that will help to improve Oakland...

Our Space (K-5)

Hurricane Stories

Given what people in New York and New Jersey are going through with Hurricane Sandy, I thought Youth Voices readers might like to see some writing by third graders in response to Hurricane Gustav a few years ago. Hurricane Gustav arrived, Labor Day...
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My Shell

Beautiful Like a glimmering lake in the sun it shines so very brightly. On the outside. On the inside, it feels smooth, silky. But it doesn't shine as brightly, it may be bright, on the outside, but on the inside, it seems faded.
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Documentary

Ocean acidification is a rising problem on Earth. It is a term used to decribe the rising acidity in the oceans. 1/3 of the carbon dioxide we edmit from burning ficil fuels is absorbed by the oceans. This equals to 1 million tones...

A Fish

A fish Blue peach colored Happy and good to be free Black and green A sea creature Tobie
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Jazz Man

Jazz man Loud, tall Famous, blond, handsome Man who plays jazz. Musician. By Matthew
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Our Stories and Poems

lost money

My story is one time I was in home sit and my dad he said “go get snack” He gave me money and I took my iphone with me I went to the store to get the snack I was ready and I took the money out some money fall down. I did not see the...

Funny, Fun, Perky, Outgoing, and Caring

My name is Rachel Frometa and i’m attending Bronx dale high school. I was born and raise in the Bronx. I am funny, fun, perky, outgoing, caring person. I started playing the piano this year, but i’m learning by myself. I already learned how to play...

Crossing the Border

It was two in the afternoon when we crossed the border. When I saw at the border patrol, I screamed, “La migra, la migra corran.” We ran for seven minutes when the border patrol said, “Stop!” We stop running before the cops sent the dogs for us...

Nicholas becomes Edgar

Part 1: The poem I am Edgar Nicolas Parada... Edgar for my uncle from El Salvador he call me Edgarcito, I speak with him sometimes on skype And Nicolas for my father, who raised me in place of my mother In El Salvador Everyone call me “Nicolas” or “...

Viatrix, Beatrisz and Beatricse

I feel good about my name because not too many people have this name so it's a little special. I can't say I like or dislike my name I just don't have a problem with it what my parents gave me. My name originally is Latin it's came from Viatrix,...

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Practice makes .... more practice!

This evening, I am practicing with some research tools that I will be using with my OHigh students over the next few weeks. Since we'll be reading a book that looks at the ways different cultures try to understand each other -- and often...

The power of sharing student work

Toward the end of last night's Teachers Teaching Teachers (Listen to 1:07:04 to 1:15:27), we talked a bit about sharing student work in a public forum like Youth Voices and about some of the concerns that can arise. This brought to my mind some of...

Tool for tracking students in YV

The attached powerpoint is something I use with my student for Youth Voices that I thought might be useful to others. Slides Version I use this powerpoint to keep directions for posting all in one place. It details how to set up a profile page,...

Ask Big Questions with NowComment

Recently, we added a new feature to Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/askbigquestions, which can be accessed from the "Questions" tab on Youth Voices. We are planning to follow their monthly questions with rich and relevant blended (both...

I wish you knew letter

Dear Colleague, I am excited to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It shows my ability to make a badge! After you look at my work, I hope you will see why I think it’s important to do a few things- namely-...

Video Conversations

My Journal

Here Junilka and I were video chatting over Google Hangouts and talking about the journals we wrote in the morning at the youth voices program.

Journal

My conversation with Jennifer. We talked about what we put in our journals this morning and a little something extra.

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Talking about the Jordan Davis Murder Trial

John and I talked with Mr. Allison about Jordan Davis after we read this testimony from his mother before the U.S. Senate. http://bit.ly/1pt4f3N

DIY Stablizer

I built a stabilizer for photography class at my school following along to a youtube video (link in the video). I only needed a couple 90 degree electric piping arms, three metal couplers, a macro slider, a bearing, a six inch PVC tube and a coupler...