Jacqueline Woodson: ‘Writing & Reading = Hope X Change’

INTERMEDIATE & MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO? 

Social justice learning and actions that can be taken close at hand during these uncertain times

Breaking news!! Join Jacqueline Woodson this Thursday, April 2 at 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST for a reading of her book, the 2013 winning Jane Addams Children’s Book Award title for younger children, EACH KINDNESS. 

Jacqueline’s partnering with the Penguin Random House and the PARENTS #ReadTogetherBeTogether program to share stories with kids & families during this time of social distancing. Check it out!

 

 

LET’S GET YOU INSPIRED FOR SOME WRITING!

First, watch this video of  Jacqueline being interviewed by a young person during her tenure as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2018–2019.

And this video in which she speaks directly about the writing of Each Kindness and the equation Writing (and Reading) = Hope X Change…

 

LET’S GET TO NEXT STEPS!

Guiding questions for your reading, writing, thinking and acting:

  • Now we know the inciting incident in Each Kindness. Give some thought to a time when you regretted something you did, something recent, something from a long time ago, something that is big or something small. You pick what fits for you. Whatever you pick, take a deep breath and be kind to yourself about what happened. Now, write about your inciting incident. Set it up, describe the setting, the people involved, the physical and the emotional components….. Jaqueline said writing and reading can change how we think. How did writing about your regretted incident change your thinking about the incident, about yourself, about others involved? You are wecome to share your insights in our comment section (comments will be approved & posted within 24 yours) or on social media #socialjusticelearnanddo. 

 

  • Jacqueline ended the second video with, “When we write we can change the narrative. We can change the narrative of the world, we can change our own narrative, we can create a more community-based narrative as we share our stories.” Go for it! Build on your writing about your regretted incident. Write an ending that includes hope and change.  Your are the author and the story is yours, whether you choose to stay with what really happened or what might have happened. Let your story or narrative change the world!  You are invited to share the hope and change in your story in our comment section below  (comments will be approved & posted within 24 yours) or on social media #socialjusticelearnanddo.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

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