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Past Issues & Activities

Women's Perspectives

Please enjoy our past issues. All of the issues may be downloaded and some may be ordered in print format.

We have also included the Pre-Writing Activities as well. Students and teachers may find these activities useful anytime. We think they are useful for

  • Journal writing prompts
  • General lessons on writing
  • GED essay practice

 

Issue #8 (2013) - We Succeed

In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Succeed." Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What successful women do you know? What successful women have you heard about? How have they inspired you to grow and change?
  • What accomplishments have you made? Who motivated you to succeed? How will this help you in the future?
  • Tell the stories of great women who have made a difference. Share your success. Share the successes of those around you.

Featured Writing:

Who Are Successful Women? by Elizabeth Scott (May 2014)

Success Is a Matter of Perspective by Nagibh Zindani (April 2014)

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Issue #7 (2012) - Women & Communication

In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to think and share their ideas about the different ways women communicate. Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What does it mean to communicate? How do we communicate?
  • What is technology? How does technology affect our communication?
  • How do we communicate through storytelling?
  • How do we tell or communicate our family stories?
  • How does writing our memoirs communicate our life stories to others?
  • What memoirs have meant the most to you?
  • What are some challenges to communication, and how do you overcome them? Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as dialog, the possibilities and challenges of technology, speaking and listening, and using language for connection and growth.

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Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue #7


Issue #6 (2011) - We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society.”

  • In what ways were you successful before you came back to school? What would you like others to know about those experiences?
  • What are your best qualities? How are they helping you continue your education? How might they help you in the future?
  • What contributions have you been making to society (e.g., organizing in your neighborhood, leadership in your church, helping at your child’s school)? How are you already valuable to your community?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as family, community involvement, work experiences, mentoring, immigration support, and educational achievements and goals. The writings show strength, courage, hope, determination, love, kindness, respect and many other attributes demonstrated by adult learners who add value to local and global communities.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue #6
Some of the pre-writing suggestions have links to resources on the internet. For your convenience, we have listed them all here as well.

I believe in myself powerful woman pride trust independence
i will strive to continue... always willing i am a woman of hope

 


Issue #5 (2010) - What Would You Do? Creative Ideas for Difficult Times

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with visioning a different world. They were asked to consider questions such as these:

  • What would a “better world” look like to you? What would you do to make this happen? How do women leaders change the world?
  • What are the most pressing issues affecting women today? And what would you do to address one or many of these issues?
  • In a position of authority or as a decision-maker, what would you do to solve the big issues of the day where you live or work?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as literacy and education, homelessness, legal reforms, family and community violence, immigration, racism, addictions, parenting, and many other personal and social issues. These writings explore personal experiences as well as provide solutions both small and large.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 5


Issue #4 (2009) - Transition / Transformation 

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with making changes in their lives. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as choice, metamorphosis, support networks, life transitions, confidence and self-understanding, and educational pursuits.

WE LEARN received 100 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 62 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 4. These are links to articles and photos in color referenced in the activities.

  • Article by Esther Eisner
  • Picture Prompts - Select the photo title to see a full-color version of the pictures included in the Pre-Writing Activities.

Boardwalk    |   Covered Bridge   |   Butterfly   |   Feet on Beach    |   Sunset


Issue #3 (2008) - Women & Money

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with money. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or
other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as finances, class, security, income, work, and other everyday issues related to women’s lives as affected by money.

WE LEARN received 93 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 58 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 3


 

Issue #2 (2007) - Women Who Dare ~ Daily Steps to Big Accomplishments

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the theme of women who dare to take control of their lives. The forms could be personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing. Students were invited to cover the broad spectrum of issues related to women’s successes: accomplishments in their families, schools, workplaces, churches, and communities; role models, both common and famous women from today and in history; and daily achievements and life success.

WE LEARN received 74 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range
of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 48 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 2


 

Issue #1 (2006) – Women’s Health & Wellness

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In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the theme of women's health/well-being. The forms could be personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing. Students were invited to cover the broad spectrum of issues related to women's health and well-being: education/literacy, healthcare systems, social issues, specific illnesses, media images, gender-specific issues such as reproductive health, as well as many other topics. A pre-writing activity was made available for both teachers and students.

WE LEARN received 75 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 55 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 1

 

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