Writing roadshows

Writing Roadshows will be available to teachers in the morning hours starting March 1!

 What are they? Writing Roadshows are one to two hour, pre-set, high energy writing lesson plans for elementary and high school. Teachers select one of the following Roadshow plans:

Elementary Poetry:

“I am From”—Poems about Place

Students brainstorm important people, memories, places, animals, and objects in their life. Then, using sensory details, vivid imagery, and similes, students write poems that explore the many things that help shape their identities.

Elementary Fiction:

Storytelling and Bookmaking

Our grumpy editor, Dr. Prune, wants something new to read! Students are challenged to write a brand-new, completely original story. As a class, the writers brainstorm characters, setting, and plot points. Together, they write the beginning and middle of the story, then each student works to create an ending on their own. When the writers are finished, they send their stories to be approved by Dr. Prune—who just so happens to be in a generous mood.

At the end of the elementary poetry and fiction roadshow, each writer will leave with a bound booklet of all the students’ work.

High School Essay:

“I Remember” Memoir Writing

Students use the prompt “I Remember” to begin growing a fragment of memory into a reflective narrative—focusing on description and sensory detail. This lesson plan can spark the beginning of a college entrance essay!

With whom do we partner?  We seek to partner with teachers working within schools that are located in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. Our priority zip codes are 40212, 40203, 40202, 40210, 40211, and 40215.

How do we sign up and what are next steps? Once you fill out an application, we will be in touch to let you know if we are able to hold a Writing Roadshow in your class. If we move forward with planning, we will confirm a date and start recruiting volunteers!

Our ability to hold a roadshow at your school depends on our capacity and funding.