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Grades 3–4
Poetry

Delicious Pepperoni Pizza / Pizza de Pepperoni Deliciosa

Alexa, 826michigan

Alexa, age nine, lives in a green house in Detroit. Her talent is that she can dribble the ball and make a goal. She lives with one sister, one brother, and three dogs. Their names are Lucy, Princess, and Jager. Her writing process is: she first writes her ideas, then she just writes them in a story.

Alexa, de nueve años, vive en una casa verde en detroit. Su talento es poder botar el balón y anotar un gol. Ella vive con una hermana, un hermano y tres perros. Sus nombres son Lucy, Princess, y Jager. Su proceso de escritura es: primero escribe sus ideas, después las escribe en forma de historia.

What Your Students Will Produce

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by Brandan Pierce, 826michigan

Grades 4–5
Projects
Rare Air / Aire Raro

by Brandan Pierce, 826michigan

Poetry

In this project, students explore poetry as a way of explaining and defining the world around them via the people,…

From This Publication

Rare Air / Aire raro is 826michigan's Young Author's Book Project for the 2015–2016 school year written by the fourth-grade students of Ms. Lowe's class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit and it is FULL of firsts for us. It is the first YABP written in Detroit. The first YABP of poetry. And the first that is completely bilingual (English and Spanish). With a foreword by inaugural poet Richard Blanco, and introduction by volunteer and retired teacher Sandy Karolak, Rare Air / Aire raro is full of exceptional and charming poems on family, neighborhood, and memories. Poems were translated into Spanish by students, family members, and volunteers to allow for students to share their voices with their community. So join fourth-grade writers of Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in feeling the rare air in this beautiful book of bilingual poetry. A bilingual collection of poetry written by fourth graders at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit.

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