So, I recently accepted a volunteer position through Citizen Schools helping a small group of 7th and 8th graders with their writing! I wanted to wait a bit before posting about the class because I wasn’t sure what I would be doing exactly, but now I feel like I fully understand my role as a writing coach and what I’ll be doing during each class to help the students throughout this apprenticeship, which is why I’m telling you all about it! :)
We’ve only had two classes so far and I’ve been kind of observing on the side, but it’s nice to see how the students absorb the material and whatnot. We’re going over the five stages of writing: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing!
The apprenticeship only lasts ten weeks and at the end of those ten weeks there is something called a “WOW” where the students can present what they’ve learned in the class whether through a tri-fold board presentation, performance or something else. I suggested the idea of the kids making a zine as part of their WOW end product and the teacher in charge of the class really liked the idea. Through a zine, the students will not only be able to show off their writing skills, but they will be able to pick a topic that they are interested in writing about and distribute it to their friends as well! Win-win, eh?
I’m excited that I will be getting a chance to introduce the students to what a zine is and instruct them in how to make a one-page zine. This will happen in Lesson 6 where I will have a mini-zine workshop with the students. I hope they discover that writing can be fun and hopefully enjoy making their own zine. Maybe some of them will want to table at Zine Fest Houston? Who knows!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to what happens in the next eight weeks or so and I’ll post an update about what goes on during the zine workshop and about the WOW at the end of the class!