Writing

Interested in Writing to Mushers? READ THIS Please

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- EVEN if you have done this project before, please read the information again- to gain optimum success on your project. Read the information below, follow the directions …

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 …