Fall for the Book’s writing outreach program, Mason Writers in the Schools (Mason WITS), is excited to be in the middle of another strong year of programming. Launched in 2011, Mason WITS has provided in class, before school, and after school creative writing workshops to over 200 classrooms!
Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology
We have been invited back to TJ for the fifth time, assisting our partnering teacher’s persuasive essay writing curriculum by teaching a workshop titled “The Art of Persuasion in the Time of Argument.”
“The experience [of teaching The Art of Persuasion] was so rewarding because the students were so interested in the topic and their end products evolved into impressive essays. I liked being a part of that learning experience for them and I left feeling as though I had learned a lot too.” -Lillian Wright, WITS Fellow
“It’s wonderful to experience the young peoples’ enjoyment when they have the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The students at TJ were very motivated and interested in what we were doing, but for many of them, most of their previous writing experience had been with academic essays, and so the persuasive essay which needed to include elements of pathos and ethos was a challenge. They were very receptive to our feedback and on the final day when we had them read bits of their essays in a cafe style presentation the results were truly rewarding.” -Carol Mitchell, WITS Fellow.
The Westminster School
We kicked off a brand new partnership to help 3rd-6th grade students who stay after school for science writing called Weird but True Creatures that covers strange creatures such as the Japanese spider crab and zombie spiders.
“These kids…are a blast. They are so funny and fascinated by the creatures they’ve been learning about, and they are just so creative.” – Lillian Wright, WITS Fellow
“I’ve been working at Westminster School this semester. The kids are great and always eager to learn more which has made for a wonderful experience.” -Alina Moody, WITS Fellow