Did you know there is a Young People's Poet Laureate? There is.
Right now, the young people's poet LaureateJACQUELINE WOODSON. In her essay, which you can read here, she says so much about why it is important for students to read and write poetry.
While thinking about teaching students about podcast storytelling, I came across an article called,Tales as Tools: The Power of Teaching Kids To Tell Stories
This article confirms why I am compelled to get our podcast/storytelling work off the ground. For example, it says the following: While storytelling is having its moment in popular media, the trend has yet to catch on in classrooms and within families. Experts say this should change. Storytelling, they say, can help children boost their confidence, develop empathy, and even deal with trauma.
You can click here for the link to the whole article We will try this within different contexts like Web-nesday, when students will have a chance to interview important people to them, and during Monday Muse, when students will have a chance to write their own fiction and non-fiction stories. We will also incorporate it into Tuesday Newsday where students will be able to investigate news stories around them... Stay tuned....