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This South Bronx 12-Year-Old Read 325 Books in 2012 (She'll Do it Again in 2013)

"To be able to read is the most wonderful thing ever."

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Feeling too busy to read? Tell that to 12-year old South Bronx sixth grader Neveah Mosher. In 2012 she read 325 books. In this HooplaHa produced video, Mosher—partial to "thick chapter books"—says "to be able to read is the most wonderful thing ever."

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Literacy As a Weapon: Documentary To Be Heard Spotlights Radical Approach to Teaching That Put Bronx Teens on the College Track

The Power Writers program teaches, "If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you."

Can a radical approach to teaching writing help students from low income backgrounds learn to express themselves and get on the college track? That's the premise of To Be Heard, a new education documentary that tells the story of Karina Sanchez, Pearl Quick and Anthony Pittman, three teens who participate in the Power Writers Program, an intensive three-hour-per-session class led by guest instructors at University Heights High School in the Bronx. The film follows the friends over the course of their four years at the school and shows how they overcome the statistical odds to go on to become the first ever in their families to attend four-year colleges.

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Poetry Slams Spur Student Literacy in the South Bronx

In the birthplace of hip-hop a local nonprofit is teaching a different kind of rhyming: the fine art of the poetry slam.

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n In the South Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop, the art of spitting rhymes is alive and well—in the form of competitive performance poetry. Local nonprofit Global Writes teaches middle and high school students the fine art of the poetry slam by bringing working poets into English classes for 32-week sessions. Students as young as 12 become fully engaged in the writing process because they get to write about the things they care about—everything from the poverty and obesity in their community to their families. Along the way, their confidence, critical analysis skills, and performance and public speaking abilities skyrocket.

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