Attention ELA educators! While many of us have returned to a new normal for teaching and learning in English Language Arts, we continue to struggle with responding to the educational consequences of COVID-19 and amplified calls for schools to more directly address inequities and oppression. What do we as English teachers need to do better and how might we do that?
The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English invites New Jersey students in Grades 9-12 to participate in this year’s Writing Contest
“Narrative Time Capsule – 2021”
Submission Deadline: December 30, 2021, at 12:01 am
All categories of writing must respond to the theme “Narrative Time Capsule, 2021.”
Personal Essays: 5-page maximum, double-spaced
Short Stories: 5-page maximum, double-spaced
Poems: Any style, does not have to be in narrative form but must respond to prompt (50-lines maximum)
Writing Prompt: Write a poem, personal essay, or short story that creates a time capsule for 2021.
Beginning at the end of 2019, the world was rocked by the coronavirus. A pandemic brought new practices, procedures, and values to our lives. How did you, your family, school, or community deal with the pandemic?
Future generations may ask what life was really like learning from home, wearing a mask, and social distancing. Time capsules are a unique way of collecting evidence. Time capsules are an opportunity to find or express what is important at a designated time and place in life. Through your short story or personal essay submission, create a narrative time capsule account that lets the reader experience the changes you felt during the COVID-19 pandemic.