HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I'm excited about this New Year! We're in the midst of winter, but I am looking forward to spring. I'm also looking forward to hearing from those who've been viewing my website. Have you tried any of the writing activities? How did you or your students enjoy them?
I still have lots of copies of my books Memories of Mississippi and Louvenia's Quest that are excellent for personal enjoyment as well as a wonderful resource for Black History Month activities. For teachers, I have prepared a resource book with over 25 reproducible activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The activities are educational as well as fun. Many activities may be used for advanced placement or honor classes.
Just send me an email @ email@example.com for more details.
*Use the internet or some or source to read about your favorite candidate for President. List at least three things you like/admire about the person. Briefly explain why you admire him/her. Finally, pretend that you are a Presidential candidate in the 2016 election. Write a campaign speech discussing why you would be the best person for that office.
*As a cooperative activity and an extension of the above activity, have a group of students prepare campaign posters with slogans and symbols to support their favorite candidate. This may be done as a whole class activity.
* Prepare sample ballots with students' names and conduct a mock election.
If I had to select any genre of writing, it would be my first love, poetry! Poetry is more spontaneous and doesn't require the discipline that writing fiction or even nonfiction require. My first two books were poetry--A Collection of Poetry and Exclamations of Joy.
When I was in the classroom, I encouraged my students to keep a poetry journal, in which they would write poems about any topic they chose. Then I gave them an opportunity to share one of their poems either at the beginning or near the end of class.(Voluntarily) Sometimes, I had goosebumps after listening to some of their passionate work. Absolutely rewarding!
There is really not a huge market for poetry, but the satisfaction of expressing oneself in verse can be very rewarding. Also, at the end of the semester, I would ask them to select their best work and publish their own poetry booklets.
I have a collection of writings--some poetry, others essays that I probably won't publish, but they are reflections on topics that have provoked me to say something!
Spring blossoms, plush and pink
open widely as I think.
Winter's past and Spring is here,
parading its beauty far and near.
Fluttering butterflies and swarming bees
bring me humbly to my knees.
Fragrant flowers all so sweet
trampled brutally beneath men's feet
Ah, the blossoms so delicate and pure
Make Spring my favorite; of that I am sure!
Wanda F. Jackson
*Conducting Writing Workshops
* Editing 500-5,000 word length manuscripts