As a teacher, you want to do work that matters. You want to drive impact, to inspire but also to effect change. Despite all the challenges you face, you do the work you do because of your students and the connection you’ve made with them.
The challenges of teaching creative writing
Teaching poses many challenges. Teaching creative writing poses unique challenges indeed.
Do you struggle with:
- Getting students to really value writing as much as they value sports or hobbies?
- Are you looking for better ways to reach those who are less engaged with writing activities?
- Are you looking for ways on how to get students to put all their energy into a unique challenge?
If you are, writing microstories may be just the thing that helps you improve your students’ creative writing.
What are microstories?
These are very short stories, and in Storyathon’s case, exactly 100 words. Do they work? Absolutely. With more than 2,000 schools on board and more than 40,000 stories generated so far, teachers are discovering that students love writing microstories. Students enjoy becoming word wizards.
But wait, what is Storyathon exactly?
In a nutshell, it is an exciting and free online event for:
- US and Canada – Grades 3 to 6;
- Australia – Years 3 to 8;
- New Zealand – Years 4 to 9.
Students are challenged to write a story that is exactly 100 words.
Raise the profile of writing at your school. Microstories can be showcased:-
- Include them in your school newsletter;
- Frame them on walls;
- Publish them on your school website or social media;
- Convert them into podcasts for online access; and
- Create corridor and foyer displays.
It’s a very inclusive and accessible activity because ultimately, all students have ideas and all of them can access the microstory challenge. It provides an opportunity for celebrating great ideas and careful craftsmanship.
The good news is that the choice is yours. You can participate every term or up to four times a year. Each term brings exciting new themes to discover. A quick registration on our website and you’re ready to begin.
Visit storyathon.com to sign up today. Happy writing!