Perspectives Curriculum

Kenny Yang recording his radio story at KQED’s studios in San Francisco. (Suzie Racho/KQED)

Writing Perspectives in your classroom opens up a space for students to share their thoughts, interests and passions. At heart, a Perspectives piece is personal, even if it touches on a political issue, local problem or universal truth. Perspectives that get on the air may share the following characteristics:

  • A compelling story that can be told in no more than two minutes (about 375 words) 
  • Vivid, precise language and word choice that bring the story to life in the mind of the listener
  • A window into an aspect of a young person’s life that helps define who they are and the world they live in.

Example:  Meeting Expectations by Geraldo Gonzalez
Example: That’s so Gay by Olive Savoie

Curricular Resources

Choosing a topic: Perspectives Pre-writing Worksheet

Analyze a Perspective (main idea, purpose, audience)

Pitch a Perspective Worksheet

Pitch Rubric

Reading: Perspective Structure

Write your Perspective: Graphic Organizer Worksheet

Perspective Rubric


Perspectives Curriculum 8 August,2019Teresa Wierzbianska

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