Beyond Writing Prompts


What questions, ideas, conversations would this magazine cover spark? What kinds of connections might your students make? What kinds of writing might it fuel? What further reading? Research? Think text-dependent writing Think culturally relevant pedagogy Think critical thinking and analysis Let us know if you use this in your classroom and how it went. We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Jennifer on February 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    The richness of the picture itself will fuel an in depth conversation on several topics, but if the students don’t have background knowledge on the characters portrayed it will be futile.Background info. on characters, settings, themes, and times will have to be explained. I did query some students and these are responses: civil rights leaders, Harlem Renaissance, Black History Month, people from the past who have impacted the future, freedom, diversity, justice, peace… to name a few.

    • Clavis Anderson on February 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I wonder what would happen Jennifer, if you invited them to first question the text. Questions like: Why is this on the cover of New Yorker in February? Why these particular colors? What about the non-descript characters in the background, etc? I wonder what conversation, messages it would spark. Let us know if you decide to take this farther!

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