Last week, I mentioned the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Reynolds is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and he has joined with the Library of Congress to make a series of short videos challenging children to authentically express themselves about different topics. The Write.Right.Rite. series currently has over 20 prompts, and each one is a personal invitation from Jason Reynolds to think creatively. From asking you to design an award for yourself to writing a song for the shower, this list of ideas would be fun for any writing classroom – and I really wish I could see some of the responses!
If you haven’t ever picked up a book by Jason Reynolds, you can get a quick idea of his unique voice by reading one of the wonderful, “Grab the Mic” newsletters he has authored. Also, the Library of Congress has curated an impressive list of resources that give more information about this incredible author.
For more innovative writing ideas for your classroom, check out this post about 826 Digital, a project for young writers by another wonderful author, Dave Eggers.