The 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Six tips for entering your students’ work (updated)

Originally posted on ELA Brave and True by Marilyn Yung:
Your students need to enter this contest! Photo by?bruce mars?from?Pexels In March of 2020 (just before shutdown), two of my students (out of three) received honorable mentions in the regional level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The previous year, ten of my students’…

Back-to-school poetry: The Sometimes Poem from YA author Kate Messner

Originally posted on ELA Brave and True by Marilyn Yung:
A back-to-school poem perfect for the first day (updated 8/21) “The Sometimes Poem” was one of my favorite ways to go back to school with my middle schoolers. I used this project for two years with sixth-graders and loved it both times before I changed…

Candy Memoirs: A Sweet Assignment for 6th and 7th

Originally posted on ELA Brave and True by Marilyn Yung:
When middle schoolers use candy to write memoirs (updated 8/21) Need a sweet way to introduce memoir writing to middle schoolers? My second writing project with sixth-graders (after YA author Kate Messner’s Sometimes Poem) is memoir writing. We dip our toes into memoir writing by…