The writers who contributed their work to this collection are the future of language arts instruction. They are students in their senior year in college and are finding themselves at a seminal time in life where are making real decisions with real impact.
I am their professor and as a former LA teacher, I understand that one of the main things our field laments the struggle to teach effective writing instruction. We grapple with finding texts we can use to mentor our students as they become “real” writers.
I challenged my students to create mentor texts they could use with their future students in order to help their classes embrace writing. It also provided my students a chance to actually get to write something real, rather than essays graded and then discarded. We hope you enjoy our stories and find them useful with your own students.
PS: There is an activity supplement that can be found at the end of the book. You can use these with any of the stories or poems. Also, many of my students wrote their own questions that can be used as comprehension and reflection checkpoints.