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Ophidiophobia

The audio was recorded in a quiet setting, after the regular sharing of all the stories.  The video posted at the end of this piece was recorded with an Ipad and then brought in using Vimeo.

YWP #20

Welcome back to YWP!  We're so glad to be back to our regular routine of writing on Wednesdays.  Enjoy this week's prompts!

1)  This YouTube video of "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" has twenty-five languages included in its lyrics.  Why does this song have such a universal appeal?  Why would people all around the world find meaning in this song?

 

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Catherine and Jason

Start a new post with the same title as this post to answer the following questions:  How have Catherine's feelings towards Jason changed in the book?  What led her to feel differently? 

Leave some space, then start thinking about this question:  Why wasn't Catherine honest about Jason with others from the start?  What was she afraid of?  Why do you think she was not honest?

Rules - Catherine's Two Kinds of Challenges

Hello Class,

  As we read the book Rules, think about the two different kinds of struggles that Catherine has.  One is internal, or inside her, the other is more outside, or external. Explain with details as we learn more about her. 

My Uncle Frank

Photograph by Phyllis Graber Johnson
 
This is my uncle Frank, Frank Glazer. Frank is 95 years old. Frank still plays concert piano; he still teaches at Bates College. This year's project was to play all 32 of  Beethoven's  Piano Sonatas. He started in September and just finished up last weekend, the second weekend in April. Playing in the background is Frank's 1968 recording of Erik Satie; the New York Times called it the Classical Album of the Year. Frank has played with symphonies all over the world. He premiered several of Aaron Copland's pieces. He studied under Schoenberg and Schnabel. He began playing professionally in a vaudeville show at the age of 13.  Music, Frank says, keeps him alive.
 
(EDITOR'S NOTES: Frank is 99 now. He will be 100 on February 19, 2015 and  has already been booked for a concert on that night in Boston. He continues to have at least one concert a month, practices 3-5 hours a day and is focusing on his special programs this year: He will perform all of Bach's fugues and Chopin's mazurkas in the order they were composed in eight concerts, mostly in Maine at Bates College where he still teaches.
 
The second audio is an interview with Frank in 2012 on The Story, a public radio show.)
 

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What Do You Want A New Library To Look Like?

   After reading the Time For Kids article about the future of libraries, start a new post on your blog that describes how you would set up a library of the future.  Please make sure to write about what it would look like, how students would use it, and explain how it would be different than the libraries you visit.  Give your post the title "My Library Design", and use the tag "Library".   Happy creating!

Middle School Writing Challenge--Sponsored by VPR

VPR-YWP Vermont Reads Writing Challenge

Write about Middle School for a VPR commentary!

Young Writers Project and Vermont Public Radio want your best writing for commentaries on the topic of middle school!

This challenge is for all middle school students to write about their experiences in middle school and/or about issues and topics presented in the book, "Wonder," this year's choice for Vermont Reads. Read more »

YWP #20

Welcome back to YWP!  We're so glad to be back to our regular routine of writing on Wednesdays.  Enjoy this week's prompts!

1)  This YouTube video of "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" has twenty-five languages included in its lyrics.  Why does this song have such a universal appeal?  Why would people all around the world find meaning in this song?

 

Read more »

YWP #20

Welcome back to YWP!  We're so glad to be back to our regular routine of writing on Wednesdays.  Enjoy this week's prompts!

1)  This YouTube video of "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" has twenty-five languages included in its lyrics.  Why does this song have such a universal appeal?  Why would people all around the world find meaning in this song?

 

Read more »

YWP #20

Welcome back to YWP!  We're so glad to be back to our regular routine of writing on Wednesdays.  Enjoy this week's prompts!

1)  This YouTube video of "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" has twenty-five languages included in its lyrics.  Why does this song have such a universal appeal?  Why would people all around the world find meaning in this song?

 

Read more »

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