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Vision and Voice: Mentor Texts from The Best Teen Writing

Date: June 27, 2013

Summary: Listeners to this show will hear great examples of writing from The Best Teen Writing, a collection of stories, essays, and poems written by teen authors awarded medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We also feature teachers discussing a new online community, Vision and Voice , where teachers in grades 7–12 can share inspiration an ideas from The Best Teen Writing.


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Abdel Shakur, 9th Grade English teacher at the Chicago High School for the Arts, on why he thinks The Best Teen Writing is valuable for his students:

Seeing the kind of reaction that they have, that their writing is something that could go in a book. And it doesn't have to wait ten years; you could actually get it published now if you really work on it. It really is helpful as a writer for them to see. I think it's inspirational. When they look at the writing, some of it is really amazing and they can connect with it on a personal level."

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