The California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) is presenting its annual Student Creative Writing Contest. This year’s theme, Voices of Literacy: In Pursuit of Human Rights, echoes the themes at work in Facing History classrooms. We encourage our Facing History teachers to inspire students to produce original works by the deadline of November 1, 2018 based on the following prompt:
When we read about or interact with people with various perspectives, we learn more about our society and our world. Write a poem, story, or essay that shows how our world is made better when we understand the voices of many different people.
Thinking about the theme of various perspectives, I am reminded of The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie. This story is also available online as a TED Talk. Another Facing History resource that comes to mind is Julius Lester’s Finding One’s Voice, where, as a teenager growing up in the segregated South, he finds a way to express himself via the Japanese poetic form of haiku.
What other pieces would inspire students to write about various perspectives? Post your answers below. We want to hear from you!
For more details about the contest, visit the CATE.org Student Creative Writing Contest page and download the flyer with the prompt and submission details. The contest is open to California students in divisions from grade 3 to college. Submissions are by region:
- San Diego and Imperial counties, email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, email submissions to: email@example.com
- Fresno, Mariposa and Madera counties, email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org