This school year, The New York Times is offering a free, flexible, seven-unit writing curriculum based on real-world genres found not just in The Times, but in all kinds of print and online sources. Woven into each unit are multiple opportunities for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences. Each unit includes writing prompts to help students try out related skills, daily opportunities to practice writing for an authentic audience, guided practice with Mentor Texts, teaching ideas and webinars, and a contest that can serve as a culminating project. To support this year’s contest, The Times is publishing a mentor text-guided practice series that shows how Times journalists write about literature, history, science, and the arts by doing this same kind of contextualizing that helps readers see the relevance of a topic in their lives today. The following units will be offered throughout the 2019–2020 school year: “The Personal Narrative Essay” (September/October), “The Review” (October/November), “Analysis and Connection Making” (December/January), “Informational Writing” (January/February), “Argumentative Writing” (February/March), “Multi-Genre Writing” (April/May), “Independent Reading and Writing” (June–August).
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) redefines the American narrative one story at a time. MOCA engages audiences in ongoing and historical dialogue in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, reflect on their own experiences, and make meaningful connections between the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.
From the Moon to inside a plant cell, Avantis World lets students explore the impossible, all from the safety of a ClassVR headset or web browser. Avantis World is split into lands, with various zones and learning scenes for students to explore independently.
Northwestern University’s Knight Lab comprises a team of designers, developers, students, and educators who are working together to generate new ways to communicate digitally as a means to enhance journalism in the ever-changing digital age.