Secrets of the Sky: Exploring the Universe through Writing and Performing
a pre-institute workshop with Debbi Arseneaux
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
– Carl Sagan
Astronomer Carl Sagan was driven by curiosity and wonder to explore the cosmos from the time he was a young boy. Similarly, our students are naturally curious and driven to explore the world around them. The arts and literacy connect us to the world and to each other, developing our capacity for empathy and learning. Inspired by a book about young Carl’s life, Star Stuff by Stephanie Roth Sisson, we will explore how to spark creative writing and performance using a variety of texts, including literature, visual art and digital media. We will share our writing in pop up performances and discover themes that connect us all.
- Leave with strategies to generate original writing inspired by a variety of sources
- Showcase examples of student work using these strategies
- Understand why and how the arts can support literacy
Essential Question: How can wonder and curiosity lead to discovery and creation?
Anchor Text: Star Stuff by Stephanie Roth Sisson