Chicago Public Schools students share when speaking up made a difference in their lives

As part of our junior English class, my Chicago Public Schools students converted their personal essays into audio essays. These audio pieces explore the views of four young people who found the courage in themselves to speak up when faced with difficult situations.

For Benito Escobar, speaking to police officers in a complex situation gave him courage.

For Harris Shakeel, dealing with a bully gave him a new sense of self-identity.

For Saul Mendoza, defining kindness enriched his personal value system.

And for Karen Ruiz, courage came when she had to speak in public and share her knowledge.

Hear audio essays with life lessons my students learned from friendship and how some female students found fulfillment through sports.

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