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A language arts assignment inspires Koontz students to make changes

This year, some students at Koontz Intermediate School were encouraged to be their own heroes. And a number of the sixth-graders jumped at the chance to look into the future. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A language arts assignment got students thinking about what they can do now to have a positive effect on the future.

This year, some students at Koontz Intermediate School were encouraged to be their own heroes. And a number of the sixth-graders jumped at the chance to look into the future.

Students were assigned to create a perspective piece of 20 years into the future. They wrote autobiographies about what they would be doing with their lives.

Teacher Delana Parker said project-based learning is the key to inspiring her students to make changes.

"If I had just taught them the format and said, 'OK, here's how you write an essay, now do it,' I don't think it would have been as meaningful, and I don't think that's called learning," Parker said.

Many of the students drew self-portraits and included which college they attended, where they lived and where the worked.

"Well, I hope that the world's just, be like, there's no, like, it's just going to be more positive. And I wrote about how I'm going to change that and stuff," sixth-grader Tanner said.

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