Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) writers and classroom teachers design lesson plans to help students focus on creative writing techniques and apply these new skills to their own creative writing. T&W wants to improve its middle school program so that it is aligned with the Common Core Standards’ emphasis on writing across the curriculum, not only in ELA classes. The new standards require students to read informational texts and source documents and write work that reflects reading comprehension. T&W plans to identify its writers who have expertise teaching creative writing in science and social studies and task them to serve as master teaching artists (MTAs). MTAs will lead workshops for other T&W writers on adapting lesson plans to meet the Common Core Standards and to link creative writing to middle school science and social studies content.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) places writers who have publishing credits and teaching experience in K–12 urban schools into mainly English/Language Arts (ELA) classrooms.