Video Series That Encourages Young People to Tell Their Own Stories
Recently appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, young adult author Jason Reynolds is bringing his storytelling to students virtually through videos and newsletters as part of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story Program.” Reynolds is committed to empowering young writers—particularly writers of color—to tell their own stories, which is part of the goal behind his new video series. Twice a week on the Library of Congress website (and social media), Reynolds is posting videos with writing prompts and creativity-boosting activities. The videos will be up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout May. Reynolds is calling his video series “Write. Right. Rite.” All together he describes it as an “express-yourself-the-way-you-want-to ritual.” In addition, Reynolds is sending a newsletter for parents and teachers, which the Library describes as a “place where Jason Reynolds can talk directly to you and share his thoughts on relevant topics of the day.”
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.