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Seventh grade essays shared in class, on the air and online

above: a seventh grader at Rhode Island Public Radio, May 2017 
 
This summer, five essays by Gordon seventh graders will air as part of Rhode Island Public Radio's weekly This I Believe segment. The tentative dates are:
June 28th listen now, online
July 12th listen now, online
July 26th
August 9th
August 23rd
...all of them Wednesdays.
 
 
above: a seventh grader records her essay in Rhode Island Public Radio's studio, April 2016. 
 
Since 2011, essays by Gordon seventh graders, originally written for a class assignment, have aired as part of Rhode Island Public Radio's This I Believe, which airs weekly every Wednesday. more on This I Believe
 
The "This I Believe" essay has become an annual assignment in seventh grade humanities, and the team at RIPR chooses a number to develop into radio segments.
 
The process has become part of a series of spoken word projects for seventh graders, culminating in the June Night of Words event. more on this
 
Several 2016 essays were selected to air, including:
 
Blank Pages,by Lois Griffin '17
Performance anxiety, by Emma La Sala '17
Singing,by Gianna Paratore '17
Learning empathy,by Seb Dobron '17
Whatever you do,by Juliana Pal '17
Being resilient,by Annie Doyle '17
 
 
above: a seventh grader with This I Believe host Frederic Reamer in Rhode Island Public Radio's studio, June 2016. 
 
 
  
above: A seventh grade essayist brought an entourage to RIPR’s studios in downtown Providence in 2014 
 
Essays from six 2015 seventh graders began airing in May 2015 and ran throughout the summer:
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Three students worked with RIPR in 2011, as well: 
Listen by Lily Maris '12 originally aired December 2011
No Strong Belief by Nat Deacon '12, originally aired November 2011
No Shame by Emily Elder '12 originally aired October 2011 
 
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