From Ms. Smith,
I started out teaching Language Arts 13 years ago. I learned quickly the positive influence student voice had on students’ academic experiences. In shaping the Launch curriculum, I have focused on developing active, student voice through narratives that students choose and develop through communication, reading, writing and reflection processes. In addition, this education program is an opportunity for every student to learn effective social skills and team building that they can utilize to make their experiences a message that feels valuable to share. Students in launch will begin establishing their first person, active voice and end with a 2nd person voice as they connect to the school community and beyond. Students will also interact with timely, multi-cultural texts that touch on hot topics in effort to grow their empathy in the world around them. Students will analyze, synthesize and create multiple meanings in their lives from these texts. Finally, students will present the process that shaped their Launched voice and transformed their thinking in a google slides autobiography.