Writing

Get Ready to Visit Iditarod!

With the Iditarod Trail Committee announcing the historic route for the 2021 Race, The Gold Trail, all attention this year will focus on the historic town and checkpoint of Iditarod. Iditarod came into existence after the Christmas Day, 1908 gold strike on Otter Creek, a tributary of the Iditarod River. By the summer of 1909 …

Hot Cocoa With a Side of Poetry

  I have spent a great deal of time getting to know our 2016 Iditarod mushers this year.  My special focus has been to share the stories of the rookie mushers, and their personal journey to the starting line.  Like many teachers we have a poetry unit each year, but I wanted to find an Iditarod …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – December 2020

Summary:   This month’s video segments have no embedded narration.  They showcase people, animals, trail experiences, and the majestic landscape through which the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race runs. Use them for many types of writing and publishing.   Beauty of the Checkpoint – March 17, 2020 12:50am Time-lapse of the Hustle & Bustle Leaving …

Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below. Send the required information to us by filling out the form found by clicking this link to  receive by email the postal contact information for mushers who …

Literacy Lessons for the book – Iditarod The First Ten Years AN ANTHOLOGY compiled by THE OLD IDITAROD GANG

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s early history is recorded in the incredible book, Iditarod – The First Ten Years. This book is a must own for any educator using the race with students. If you don’t own a copy, we highly suggest you make plans to order a copy today.  Order book by clicking …

Altered Fairy Tales with an Iditarod Twist

Grades 3-6 What if Cinderella was a musher? Or instead of seven dwarves, Snow White had found seven huskies? In this unit, students will explore some Alaska themed retelling of fairy tales and folk tales as they prepare to write their own Iditarod themed retelling! Mentor texts used include Alaska’s Sleeping Beauty, The Salmon Princess: …

Pourquoi Is That The Way It Is? Writing Creatively to Explain

Grades 2-6 Why do sled dogs howl? Why do they love to run? Why do mushers stand behind the sled? All of these questions are great fodder for writing pourquoi stories – stories that explain why something is the way it is. In this unit, students explore northern themed pourquoi tales. Inhabit Media, and Inuit …

Digital Story Writing

Your students can write nonfiction or fiction using technology. Their stories let you assess their mastery of skills such as sequencing, descriptive language, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and at higher levels, assessment of synthesis and application skills. Digital story writing works for elementary through secondary levels, with the products reflecting the skill levels of students. This …

Iditarod, Dramatically: Drama Based Instruction, Narrative Pantomime, and Writing Dramatically

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Dramatic scenery, dramatic race events, dramatic finishes—the Iditarod boasts drama. Your students can be dramatic, too, using theater arts skills to connect their Iditarod knowledge to performance. This link, http://www.utexas.edu/cofa/dbi/content/trials-running-iditarod, is a drama lesson providing students the opportunity to explore the trials of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Developed …