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Art + Poetry: Poetry Collage

When I open a poetry unit, I'm always hoping to catch my students by surprise. Make them realize they like poetry before we even open our poetry books. That way, their minds are open and I have a chance to help them fall in love with some of the great canonical poets. 

One of my favorite openers is to have students create a poetry collage using striking images they find in modern poets' work. I send them on an online journey through Billy Collins' beautiful project, Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools

Setting it Up

I give them the instructions for the poetry collage in advance. As they dive into the poems online, they search for six different striking lines or images within the poetry. They write down the lines, as well as the authors and titles. Their eventual goal is to combine those lines together with their own linking words and with related visuals of their own creation or curation. 

I love to see what they come up with. The final poems are always unexpected, and the art helps to highlight the meaning. We usually spend just one day on these, as a unit opener, but you could easily give it much more time if you wanted to require the students to use original art. You could give them an artistic workshop day and suggest different mediums like collage, photography, painting, sketching, calligraphy, etc. 

When the students bring in their final collages, spend a little time having them view and respond to each other's work. Then put the collages up for a beautiful visual display during your poetry unit. 

Looking for other ways to use the collage concept?

  • Invite students to create poetry collages out of their own original work at the END of a poetry unit, combining artwork with lines from their own poems.
  • After a writing workshop, put students in groups and let them each share their favorite original line, then create collages from the group fragments.
  • Ask students to create a poetry collage based on the work of one poet you are studying intensively, using artwork (original or found) that reflects key themes or even the biography of that poet. 
  • Invite students to use the online image tool Canva to create digital collages, then send them to you so you can create a class collage slideshow to play during a parent open house, poetry slam, or other school event. 
I hope you enjoy trying poetry collage with your students! If you'd like the full poetry collage handout prepared for you, you can find it here. 

Looking for more creative classroom ideas? Check out The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, ready to help you innovate in the classroom no matter HOW busy you are. Learn about genius hour, choice reading, escape rooms, and much more through your earbuds during your workouts, grocery shopping trips, or classroom clean-ups. 

Get Started with Genius Hour this Year

Do you find yourself searching for that one project that would truly engage your students? That would empower them to explore their passions? Do you sometimes feel that despite the many ways you are trying to creatively engage them, you just can't reach everyone? 

Enter, genius hour. 20 time. Passion projects.

It doesn't matter what you call it, Google's idea of giving their employees twenty percent of their working hours to work on related projects of their own devising is sweeping through education like the stomach flu through your classroom. Except it's awesome.

I've been reading, watching, and listening to everything I can find about genius hour lately, and my goal in this post is to get you ready to launch your own genius hour ASAP. Because based on what I've discovered, you really want to get started with this as soon as possible. 

If you already know a lot about genius hour and just wish you had some good clear materials to get started with it, you can skip the rest of this post and just grab this amazing free genius hour resource pack created by the epic Laura Randazzo. (More about her take on genius hour later, for those of you sticking around!). 

For everyone else, get excited because here comes a clear rundown of genius hour and exactly how you can put in place, starting anytime you say. 

The Issue of Standards

Before we dive in, let me quickly address the issue of standards. There's no question genius hour can tick off the standards boxes no problem. The question is only how tightly you want to hold the reins.

Looking down the list of ELA standards, the majority of genius hours will hit multiple writing, researching, presenting, range of writing, and college and career readiness standards. 

You can always require that students build an ELA component into their genius hour proposals, which is ridiculously easy to do. Think of almost any project in the world, and you could have a student script and record a podcast or video, write an article, start a blog, etc. about the project as they do it. 

One of my favorite education writers, John Spencer, talks about how he used "Geek-Out blogs" as a genius hour project, hitting nearly every writing standard, in his article "Here's How to Empower Students While Also Hitting the Standards." He took the list of standards, rewrote them into "student-friendly learning goals," and had the students themselves keep track of their own progress toward the goals throughout their genius hour projects. 

Fitting Into your Schedule

There are as many ways to fit genius hour into your schedule as there are schools. Let's look at four quick examples to give you an idea of the range.

#1 Fed up with how useless school hours seem to be around state testing, a teacher schedules an intensive dive into a genius hour project for the weeks before and after testing. 

#2 Eager to get to know her students and their passions from the get-go, a teacher introduces genius hour on the first day of school, spends the first week with students nailing down proposals and schedules, then gives them Fridays every other week for the rest of the year to work on their projects, wrapping up with final presentations in the fourth quarter.

#3 When given the opportunity to propose a new school elective for juniors and seniors, a teacher chooses to propose an "innovation class," built around genius hour projects. Students will propose and complete three different projects throughout the semester. 

#4 In an effort to fight back the gloom of late winter, a teacher decides to devote all of February to genius hour projects, meeting with five students individually each day as others work. On Fridays every student shares their progress in a class meeting. 

You can do a miniature genius hour in just a couple of days, or expand it to go on for an entire term or year. It's up to you. I'll be sharing more about shorter term genius hours with a more specific structure later on, in the special section for middle school ELA. 

Basic Structure

Education writer A.J. Juliani has given A LOT of thought to genius hour. As I researched this post, I clicked on to website after website with post titles like "Your Top 10 Genius Hour Questions Answered." But every post was guest written by A.J. Juliani, or involved an interview with him. So with no further ado, here's the basic structure he offers for diving into genius hour, as translated by me.

Step 1: Teachers make a plan (lay out the timing, figure out their benchmarks).

Step 2: Students choose the topic of their project and the product they will create.

Step 3: Students pitch what they'll be doing and why, share how they'll do it (a basic schedule and plan) and what success would look like.

Step 4: Students research and learn, reading, doing interviews, working with mentors, discovering all they can. They document their learning somehow, through blogs, videos, podcasts, reflections, teacher meetings, etc. 

Step 5: Students MAKE. They create something. Design something. Build something. 

Step 6: Students present on their process. It's OK to have failures large and small. The process and the effort is what really counts. The final day could involve a gallery walk, where students have created visual presentations of their work. It could be a day of Ted-style talks. It could be a chance to watch videos made by all students about their projects. It could take any shape, as long as students have a chance to share their project back to the learning community. 

Project Examples

Genius hour, like a choice reading program, really allows you to develop your relationships with your students. 

As they search for and pursue the project that truly fits their passion, you will have a chance to learn about them. If you choose to give students complete freedom, they could do anything (appropriate), from starting a small business delivering pizzas to the school campus during lunch to starting an anti-bullying social media campaign. 

But genius hour can also have more specifics. You can, for example, require there to be a video, podcast, or blog element, so as to keep the ELA tie-ins ultra clear for your questioning parents and administrators. 

You could even structure the genius hour within a platform like Youtube, Instagram, or Blogger. Let students pursue any (appropriate) interest then create related video, photo, or written content. 

Imagine a genius hour set entirely inside the video platform. One student starts a fashion channel, creating videos for teens who don't know what to wear to school. As she learns from other fashion gurus within Youtube and at major magazines, puts together outfits, scripts videos, adds captions and special effects, and responds to viewers, she learns research, writing, and media skills. 

Another student creates a video-gaming channel, another a channel that helps people learn conversational Spanish. Every student experiences the rush of connecting to real people in the world who want to learn what they know. 

But remember, depending on how you structure your genius hour, you can give students complete project freedom but still build in research, writing, and presenting skills within your benchmarks.

Case Study

Let's look at the way ELA teacher Laura Randazzo does it in her classroom. One key takeaway I had from her is that teachers should do a genius hour project too. Her first year she learned to play the ukulele! 

She does the project alongside her students in the spring, and they spend one class period per week for eight weeks together on it. She offers five basic rules:

1. They should do something new.
2. They need to create something.
3. They must connect their project to ELA somehow.
4. They need to meet with her if they ever feel overwhelmed, lost, adrift, etc.
5. They should be flexible to making adjustments as they work through the process.

Her benchmarks (and the elements she grades) are clear and simple. Every student begins by giving a sixty second pitch to the class. Then somewhere in the middle they complete a checkpoint meeting with her. Every week when they have their genius hour time, they complete an exit ticket check-in letting her know what they've been up to and how things are progressing. Then at the end, they do a final presentation which documents their PROCESS. Their final grade is not about the level of success they achieve, but about all this work along the way. 

Laura has made all of the resources (an introductory Prezi that is AWESOME, project guidelines, rubrics, exit tickets, etc.) available as a free download. No strings attached. Even if you plan to structure your project very differently, I would join the 44,000 + other teachers who have already downloaded it so you can use the Prezi and see the way she designed her useful rubrics. 

Most people seem to agree with Laura Randazzo that grading the process is what counts. Choose your benchmarks and grade students on their effort and follow-through, not on their results. Anyone who tries anything is going to fail sometimes, so help your students with their growth mindset and honor those failures as worthy efforts that become valuable research. 

Special Section: Middle School 

If you are wondering how to fit this into your middle school curriculum, you might want to start smaller scale. Here are three examples of fun ways to dive into genius hour while keeping a pretty firm grip on your middle school classroom.

#1 Spend the two weeks before Christmas break letting students create blogs on the topics of their choosing. Use specific post assignments (like those featured in this blog post). In this way, you let students explore their own interests, you keep the ELA focus very clear, and you take back a chunk of time that is otherwise easily lost to holiday movies and general insanity. 

#2 In the first term of the year, get to know your students and their interests more deeply by letting them work, in class, on a genius hour project every Friday. Also make it their (optional) weekend homework, so if they want to dive deep because they are genuinely excited and interested, they can. Wrap up the project by having them create Prezis about what they accomplished and present back to small groups of students with similar interests/directions to their projects. 

#3 Let students spend the last three weeks of the school year on a passion-driven final project, requiring each one to create a video about that project to post to a class genius hour youtube channel. Do mini-lessons on how to script, shoot, edit, and publish a movie. Have students share their movies with three people who are important to them outside of the classroom, having each sign and comment on a final reflection sheet the student will turn in. 

Depending on your results when you start with a small-scale project, you may want to expand and grow your genius hour unit. But starting with a reasonably modest genius hour will allow you to test the waters and see what works well for you and your middle-school students. 

"Genius Hour Never Fails." - A.J. Juliani

But what if you have a few students in your program who just don't fall in love with genius hour? What if they don't want to drive their own learning, and brainstorming project ideas with them isn't cutting it? 

Keep them involved in the work of the class. Let them help someone else. Get to know them better as people, so you can guide them towards something they can truly enjoy doing. 

A.J. Juliani has written a wonderful article called "What to do when Genius Hour Fails." Spoiler alert, the article is going to tell you that genius hour never fails! But it's also going to give you some great tips and case studies on helping those students engage, so if you anticipate this as a major issue with your group of students, check out the full article here

And Now...

Go rock it! It's time to implement genius hour in your classroom, and I can't wait to hear about the results. If you're not already there, I hope you'll hop over into my joyfully busy Facebook group, Creative High School English, and share your thoughts and questions about genius hour and anything else classroom-related you want to chat about with more than 1,500 creative ELA teachers from all over the world.  

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One-Pagers Roundup: Examples to Inspire

So you keep hearing about one-pagers, but you're not really sure if you want to try them out. In this post, you can see some of the amazing examples teachers have shared with me in the last few weeks. You can use these beautiful pieces to introduce one-pagers to your students, or just peruse them to give you an idea of how this project might play out in your classroom.

If you are new to one-pagers, and would like to read a full how-to post, you can check that out here.

If you know you want to get started, but you aren't sure what directions to give your students, you can  get four free templates (as shown in the first example below) with complete instructions here. 

One-Pagers by the students of Mrs. Johnson

One-Pagers by the Students of Regan Botero, Creekside High School, Florida

One-Pagers by the students of Gina Knight Hess, 6th Grade ELA, North Naples Middle School

One-Pagers by the students of Cassie Newcomb, Sardis Middle School, Boaz, Alabama

One-Pagers by the students of Fallon Ferrara Howes

One-Pagers by the students of Cathy Briggs, Ellensburg High School, Washington

One-Pagers by the Students of Sarah Ashley Byrd, St. Stephens High School, Hickory, NC

One-Pagers by the Students of Suzanne Sutton, Pre-AP 8th Grade, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City, OK

Remember, you can get four free templates with complete instructions for getting your students going with one pagers right here. Make it easy for you and your students to get going with this creative, critical-thinking strategy. 

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Shakespeare Activities for ANY Play

Teaching Shakespeare can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, it's the bard! Whoo hoo! Perhaps the best writer in the history of humanity. On the other hand, the potential is definitely there for confused, disengaged, alienated students.

No one wants students to hate Shakespeare! That's why I know you are ever on the lookout for creative strategies to help them connect with the great Will Shakespeare (Besides watching Shakespeare in Love, which I love, don't you?).

In this post, I'm sharing some of my own favorite classroom activities you can use with any Shakespeare plays, and the results of my Shakespearean treasure hunt around the web. Spend five minutes with this post right here, right now, and I'm SURE you'll find at least one great new option for your Shakespeare curriculum. 

Shakespearean Insults

Shakespeare's use of insults are legendary. Share this TedEd video with them to introduce them to the concept, then give them a couple of minutes to check out the online Shakespeare Insults Generator with a partner. Have them write down the two they like the best to share with the class. Finally, have them go on a scavenger hunt through what you've read in search of great insults.

Acting Scenes with Character Costume Pieces

One of my favorite simple ways to read Shakespeare with my students is to bring in certain key character costume pieces and then do a lot of acting out during class. If I was reading The Tempest, for example, I might bring in a staff for Prospero, a wig for Miranda, a crown of flowers for Ariel, etc. 

Then each day before we start, I do a few fun warm-up theater games with my students, then choose the cast for the day to stand up and act (wearing the costume pieces). The cast changes every day, and I change out characters with tons of lines even within the class period, but the simple character costume pieces help keep things clear. 

Shakespearean One-Pagers

Try out the popular strategy of having students represent the text visually on one page. Using a template will help them figure out what to put where. Divide up the paper and ask them to represent aspects of the text like symbolism, language, character development, etc. in different areas. Find out more and sign up for a free packet of four one-pager templates with complete instructions (a finished example is pictured above) here. 

9 Unique Writing Activities

I recently wrote an article for teachwriting.org with nine different fun writing activities you can use with any Shakespeare play. From pocket text conversations between characters to a Netflix Shakespearean mashup proposal assignment, you'll find lots of fun ways to get your students writing and connecting with Shakespeare in this post. 

Hip Hop / Shakespeare Connections

I first read about this intriguing Ted Talk over on the Nouvelle ELA website. If your students are interested in hip hop, playing them this Ted Talk by a speaker from the Hip Hop Shakespeare company, and letting them consider the connections between hip hop and iambic pentameter, could be a really great point of connection.

The Game of Shakespeare's Life and Shakespearean What-Ifs

If you'd like a fun and short activity to help engage students with Shakespeare as you introduce your play, check out Good Tickle Brain's "The Game of Shakespeare's Life." You can print out the game board and bring in your own dice for a quick little jaunt through Shakespeare's bio. This could also be a fun springboard for having students make themed game boards of their own later in your unit.

The same website also has a set of funny Shakespearean "What If" comics, exploring what might have happened in various Shakespeare plays if one small thing had gone differently.  You could share them with students and then have them make comics of their own.

Audio Clips: Tales from Shakespeare 

On this website, you'll find audio clips meant to be used to introduce various Shakespearean plays. If they have the play you are teaching (and the list is pretty long), you could play this audio on the first day as a way of bringing students into the world of the play.

The Lightning Version

This is a fun and EASY way to build a little performance into a study of any play. Ask small groups of students to script, rehearse and perform a lightning version of the scene, act, or entire play that you've just finished. You can make this lightning version 60 seconds, three minutes, five minutes, or whatever works for you.

Stress that they should work hard to hit the most important moments of the text in their lightning version. If you give this significant time, consider filming the performances for a fun class youtube channel you can add to year after year, showing examples from previous students when you introduce the project (and probably inspiring other classes in other locations to try it out).

If you'd like to try it as a three-minute version, you can pick up project guidelines and performance ballots to get it off the ground in a moment in my TPT store. I've also included a fun bonus writing activity called "Shakespearean Mashup" to get your students thinking about how Netflix and Shakespeare might combine for a fun show that would introduce more people to the bard. 

Progressive Performance

When I took Shakespeare in college, I had a legendary professor with a legendary final project. Every term she divided up the class, gave each group an act, and gave them the entire term to rehearse and prepare for a final performance. On the last day of class, we all moved from location to location around our college campus viewing the acts in order. Every group had a different theme, different programs, different types of costumes and sets. Every group did something amazing.

My class performed A Midsummer Night's Dream. All semester we worked on our costumes, wandered campus in search of the best set for our act, learned lines and practiced cues. We watched tons of video versions, rehearsed late at night, and generally dove as deeply into it as was possible.

Since taking part in this progressive performance in college, I've now done it two different years with my students, and it was amazing every time (four different classes X two different plays).

To make it a bit simpler for a smaller project, simply select crucial scenes from the play you are reading instead of having students perform full acts. Give them several rehearsal days throughout your unit, guiding them in choosing locations that they are allowed to use (have them get permission as needed!). They can come up with their own props and costumes, though these do not have to be too over-the-top for a successful performance.

On the final day, I like to give students theater awards sheets they can fill out as they watch the different performances. Filling these out gives them something to do in between performances, as the next group is setting up.

I hope you found something you want to add to your next Shakespeare unit! Please let me know which one you're going to try in the comments, or jump over into my Facebook group Creative High School English, and start a conversation about Shakespeare. 

Episode 031: 3 Engaging Lessons (Murder Mysteries, Ted Talks, SNL Clips)

In today's episode of The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, I'm talking to Amanda from Engaging and Effective

I first discovered her blog a few months ago and have been hooked ever since. 

You're going to love the way she weaves pop culture and multimedia into her curriculum to help further her students' learning and build relationships with them. Half the time, I bet they're having too much fun to notice how quickly they are learning! Amanda is definitely the kind of teacher I would want if a crazy time warp took me back to high school. 

In this episode, we're going to dive into three amazing lessons she has developed for her students: murder mysteries, Ted Talks, and SNL clips. 

You can listen below, or on iTunesBlubrry, or Stitcher

As you continue to scroll down, you'll find links to Amanda's blog posts on each topic and the videos we discuss in our conversation. At the bottom you'll find out about this week's podcast review challenge, and how you can win a free choice blogging curriculum for your classroom. 

Topic #1: Classroom Murder Mysteries

During this part of the show, Amanda shares several year's worth of experience crafting a wildly successful high school themed classroom murder mystery lesson.

Amanda's Post on the Subject:

Topic #2: Ted Talks

During this part of the show, we talk about how and why Amanda uses Ted Talks with her students, and which ones she'd recommend most highly. 

Amanda's Posts on the Subject:

The Ted Talks Amanda recommended most highly during the show:

      Mind of a Procrastinator

     Don’t Eat the Marshmallow

     Everyday Leadership

Topic #3: SNL Clips

      During this section of the show, we talk about Amanda's (successful!) quest to find great SNL clips she could use to teach her students about satire.

      Amanda's Post on the Subject (with free worksheet download and links to all the clips!):
      I hope you enjoyed today's show. If so, please consider sharing it with a friend or leaving a review. In fact, this is the PERFECT time to leave a review, since I'm running a review challenge.

      Three listeners who review the show by the end of February and then e-mail me at betsy@nowsparkcreativity.com will receive a complete curriculum packet for empowering students with a free choice blogging project. This is quickly becoming my most popular curriculum on TPT, and I think your students are going to love writing on the topics they are truly passionate about. 

      From the reviews:

      "My 7th grade Honors English students are going to LOVE this resource! I'm implementing this in the second semester!"

"My students loved working on their own blog entry and everything went well thanks to this great resource! The design is also very detailed and beautiful. Thank you so much!"

"I appreciated this resource so much! This is so much more than ideas on how to incorporate blogging into learning-you actually show us how to do it! Thank you!"

You can hop over to iTunes to review the show here. It just takes one minute of your time. 

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One Pagers: The Simplest Way to Success

One-pagers are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students process what they have read in one powerful activity. Like sketchnotes, they combine visuals with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories.

But it’s easy for students to struggle with one-pagers if they are not naturally inclined toward art and have not previously been encouraged to represent their ideas this way. They may feel they are being graded unfairly on their artistic abilities.

Some students will hear directions to create a graphic representation of a reading and dive right in. Others will moan and mutter things about "ridiculous art projects." But the popularity of one pagers with teachers lately is undeniable. If students can get over their hang-ups, they really learn a lot from processing what they've read in visual form with a one-pager. 

So how to help the art-haters thrive alongside the artists? How to show everyone that their one-pagers are about critical thinking and interpretation, not just flair pens (though flair pens are a pretty fabulous addition)?

When you provide students with a clear and straightforward template with instructions for what to put inside each section, you give them some creative constraint that can actually help inspire them to do their best. 

For example, you can divide up the paper and provide instructions to include aspects like these: 

  • A border which somehow represents the key themes from what you have read
  • An image in the upper left hand corner with a quotation woven into or around it. This image should somehow represent what you consider to be the most important symbol in the text so far.
  • Images and/or doodled words in the upper right hand corner that represent the key characters from the text and perhaps how they are changing
  • Images and quotations in the lower left hand corner that show the author’s style of writing, and the power of the language that is used
  • Images and/or words in the bottom right hand corner that show connections between the themes and ideas in the writing and what is going on in the world today.
  • Three important quotations from the text
  • Words and/or images that show the significance of the setting in some way
This way, students have a clear to-do list, and avoid the writer's/artist's block that can get in the way. You can experiment with varied templates, and even start letting students who want to go off template once they get comfortable with the structure. 

Want to get started right away? I've designed a free packet of four templates with four different sets of requirements. You can see them in the photos above, or check them out in the quick video below. 

You're going to love watching your students create these beautiful literary visuals! I can't wait to send it to you. Just sign up below. 

The Innovative Creative Writing Unit You've Been Needing

The great thing about a stand-alone creative writing unit is that you can plug it in anywhere. It develops writing skills, class community, and creativity. I've been thinking about a new one for the last month, and it's finally ready to share here. 

I've written before about Angela Stockman's wonderful book Make Writing, and her innovative methods of turning the English classroom into a maker space. Recently, I finished John Spencer's book Launch, about using design thinking in the classroom. As I began to explore design thinking with little experiments at home with my son, it was easy to combine Stockman's ideas about making with some of Spencer's about launching to an authentic audience. 

What if students created maker pieces, then wrote creatively about them, then launched their work out into the world? 

It really wouldn't be very difficult. To do a collaborative maker space writing project in class, you'd just need to follow these simple steps.

Step #1: Make

Invite students to engage in a maker space activity. Using materials you provide or materials they find at home, students create characters or settings to share with the class. They might paint or animate, sketch or build, create a photo collage or a sculpture. They might use legos or play doh, clay or papier mache, wood or cloth. 

Step #2: Share

Let students present their maker pieces back to their classmates, introducing them to the ins and outs of the people and places they have created. As the writing community listens, they can take notes on which characters and settings they will eventually use in their stories.

Step #3: Consider the Launch

After setting up a display of the pieces around the classroom, invite students to meet in groups to talk about how the class might share their pieces and stories once they are done. 

For example...
  • Students could display their maker pieces with excerpts of stories that include them in a gallery at a local coffee shop or museum.
  • Students could create an online hyperdoc with photos of the maker pieces that link to their stories, then share it.
  • Students could create a video explaining the project and featuring some of the maker pieces and their stories, then post it to youtube.
  • Students could bring the maker pieces to an elementary school, read some of the stories, and lead a makerspace writing project for the younger kids.
  • Students could create a writing maker challenge online, featuring some of their own stories and pieces as examples, and then inviting students from around the world to submit to them to be featured on a writing site the class creates.
Let groups share their ideas and choose one to follow through with as a class. 

Step #4: Write 

Let students photograph the characters and settings they plan to work with, then go home and write their stories. Ask them to weave in whatever writing elements you are focusing on in your course - sensory detail, dialogue, character development, varied sentence structure, striking imagery, etc. 

Step #5: Peer Editing Workshop

Let students trade their work with several other students, providing mechanical insights and overall feedback. 

Step #6: Share and Launch

Let students trade and read each other's work on the day the maker stories are due. Celebrate their successes! Grade the stories and then follow through with your launch plans. 

Wow, that was easy! You've just given students a chance to ride the maker movement wave and use some design thinking to target an authentic audience and share their work in a meaningful way. Whoo hoo! 

If you're maxed out on prep and you'd like to have the curriculum for this unit made for you, I'm delighted to say it's done and ready over in my TPT store. Here's what the very first downloader had to say about it: "I am so excited to use this! This is just the creative angle I have been looking for when it comes to writing stories with my students. Thank you so much for sharing!" I think you and your students will love it!

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