New Tech freshmen present storytelling projects

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Ninth-grade students at Sacramento New Technology High School presented their storytelling projects to friends and family at an after-school showcase on October 29.

The theme of the first semester in New Tech’s English 9/Current Global Issues course is empathy. Students examined this topic through reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the major lesson of which revolves around empathy and the ability to “climb into someone’s skin and walk around in it.”

After studying changes that Lee effected through the writing of her novel and examining how she developed empathy towards that cause, students employed similar techniques in writing their own stories to promote positive changes in society.

Student stories were displayed on individual websites that not only contained the final draft of their story, but also pages that explained their writing choices and documented their writing process.