Boys and girls, rising 5th through rising 7th graders
*This class will take place online*
What to bring: Computer with webcam and microphone capability, WiFi access, notebook, writing utensils
Ever wondered where tales come from? Ever wanted to write one yourself? Now is your chance! This two-week class is a fun-filled exploration into the world of folklore. From the Gullah tales of the South to the tall tales of the Old West, writers will spend their afternoons immersed in the stuff of legends. Each day will center around a different genre of folklore including tall tales, myths, legends, ghost tales, scary stories, and Porquoi narratives. Students will read and discuss different cultural folklore, learn the elements of folk narrative, and come away from class with new knowledge of the folk genre. At the end of class, students will have written and edited their very own folk legend to be passed along for future folklore enthusiasts. This is fun and different way to improve writing skills and creativity!
Also check out Adventures in Creative Writing & The Writer’s Workshop!
Teacher bio: Ms. Poyatt currently serves as the fifth-grade reading and writing teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD. She previously taught at independent schools in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, and she holds a master’s degree in children’s literature and language arts and an educational specialist degree in educational theory and practice with a focus on literacy and writing. Ms. Poyatt is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Red Clay Writing Project Summer Institute, and she serves as a teacher consultant for the project as well. She continues to take courses in the teaching of and craft of writing, and she has written various poems and short stories.
Fun fact: Ms. Poyatt is an accomplished singer and dancer, and she has performed with community-theater groups in the area.