Educational Tools to Deepen Students’ Engagement with the Literary Arts
To help teachers guide students through the writing process, Narrative in Schools is offering a wealth of new, free educational tools on its online portal. In addition to curated reading lists of literature, writing advice, and other creative resources from its archive, Narrative has filmed and produced five short video tutorials featuring bestselling author and Narrative cofounder/editor Carol Edgarian. Each video covers a basic aspect of the writing process—from choosing an idea to crafting a scene to revising and submitting—and offers some expert behind-the-scenes advice. Among the extensive list of literary offerings in the archive are stories by Sherwood Anderson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, and Tobias Wolff, along with poetry by Jennifer Chang, Louise Clifton, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, and others. In Letters to a Young Writer, Ann Beattie, Lan Samantha Chang, and other well-known authors offer advice to aspiring young writers.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.