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Student Voices

​Students in our Juvenile Court and Community Schools participate in a variety of writing and art projects as part of their studies. Here's a look at one of their most recent projects. 

The Storytellers Book Cover of thumbprint artThe Storytellers Project — Fall 2020

As we navigate the challenges of distance learning, especially with social justice at the forefront of our work, we know that it is critical to hear our students’ voices loud and clear and to let them know that their stories matter. With that in mind, we decided that our first quarter focus of the 2020-2021 school year would be around narrative writing across contents. We honed in on flash narratives, which maintained the integrity of the standards that we are aiming to meet, but also gave access to all students to participate.

Flash narrative is a form of short story writing that includes a beginning, a middle, and an end as well as other narrative elements; however, those elements occur in as few words as possible.  Typically, flash narrative falls anywhere between 100 to 2,000 words, depending on what you are referencing. Our students were asked to write flash narratives in the range between 100-300 words and then condense them to six-word narratives with an emphasis on precise language. 

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