Teaching Matters, the awesome non-profit dedicated to bringing technology into NYC schools, created a cool "Writing the City" e-Zine for middle schoolers where teachers get their students published, e-style. There's nothing like a little virtual graffiti to motivate a unit.
This is also an excellent resource for educators looking for exemplary peer mentor text organized into various genres: editorials, realistic fiction, features, poetry, memoir, short story, fairy tale, and non-fiction. While teaching a unit on editorials or organizing a debate about whether or not cell phones should be banned in school, check out what our City's students are already saying and raise the bar. It's as easy as one, two, three, write that e-Zine: