If you follow me on Facebook, you know how deep some of my students' writing is. If you don't, read this paragraph that a student wrote in response to the question, What is an American?
Malcolm X believed America was a nightmare; Dr. King believed it just needed improvement. They fought against Britain to claim their own country, then they brought down the Natives because they didn’t believe in the future or agree about moving forward. They bought Louisiana from France, Alaska from Russia, and Hawaii from someone else. America has been through two world wars and several conflicts between North and South. African-Americans fight for their rights, as do women, and we’ve had both good and bad presidents. But what is America? America is an expanding place that is always innovating and changing, aims for equal opportunities for people, and is an overall safe place to be. An American, therefore, is not necessarily a person born in America, but a person who enjoys the fruits of America and strives to work hard for both themselves and others.
If you loved that, you'll love this:
The Maryvale Prep Review
The best student essays from the 9th grade class will be bound beautifully in a small book as the first volume of an annual publication called the Maryvale Prep Review. This publication will give students a chance to
- Share their best writing with their families
- Compete for the opportunity to be published
- Edit and produce their own academic journal
- Put something pretty cool on their college applications
- Learn that good essays are not just school assignments, but labors of love that lead their readers into wisdom
What $8 Does
$8 covers the cost of printing one book. If I raise $200, our costs will be covered. If I raise more, we'll print and distribute more books.
If I raise way more, then the cost per book will go down and we can print free copies for the contributing students and their parents and then put away enough so that Volume 2 can afford color pages.
What's in Volume 1?
Although the collection is in danger of growing beyond these first ten essays, this is the basic table of contents.
- What is an American? by GGT
- Jay Gatsby as the Soldier Who Never Left the War, by SJ
- “The idea of you is a part of my mind”: How Jim Burden Falls in Love with Ántonia Shimerda, by GGO
- Jim Burden and the Problem of Finding One Home, by MM
- Growing Up Without Growing Old: Why Ántonia’s Flame Never Dies, by LG
- “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”: Fitzgerald’s Use of Autumn in The Great Gatsby, by EDP
- Santiago’s American Hands, by OLB
- What is Memory For? by ARR
- Recordar vs. Memorari: Love as Carrying People in Your Heart, by JF
- George’s Final Act of Friendship, by CV
Risks and challenges
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