Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
Want a motivator to boost your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Describe a teacher or a classroom experience that helped make learning joyful and meaningful for you. Conversely, what message do you have for teachers and administrators who make learning tedious, even painful? How could they make learning more interesting and inspiring?
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Read Nancy's essay about how a classroom visitor helped her share a secret with her classmates.
Read Jennifer's essay about two teachers who taught her to love learning.
Read Chiwon's essay about how her "Making It Real" class made her feel like a superhero in training.
Read Salma's essay about her experience as a Mexican American in an American English class, and how she gained the confidence to let her light shine.
Read Annabel's essay about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
Read Noah's essay about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.