You’ve just arrived, clutching your bags to your chest, zigzagging around pedestrians, staring wide-eyed at the chaos around you — how can everything be so big? — and you wonder how you’ll ever find your way around this place.
Welcome to 6th grade. And New York City. Whether you’re a tourist entering the big city or a kid entering the big leagues of secondary school you know this feeling: it’s called lost. Fortunately, the students at NEST+m have successfully navigated both uncharted territories, and they’re here to help.
Come explore New York through eyes a little closer to the ground. Experience the wonder of touring a real submarine (p. 43), discover a subway station in disguise (p. 14), view the offices of Spider-Man’s Daily Bugle (p. 35) and spend a night at the museum with Teddy Roosevelt (p.40). But be warned: with so much to see (and read!), you might be up past your bedtime.
USING THIS PUBLICATION IN THE CLASSROOM
We invite you to use this text to spark inquiry in your classroom, and to imagine the potential for projects that position your students as experts. Use this publication as an example of how students can be engaged and empowered when given a purpose for their writing, especially when they're speaking to topics in which they have first-hand experience. As you consider the pedagogical implications for writing articles like those included in The City That Stays Up Way Past Its Bedtime, you might even learn a thing or two about NYC!
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