Teaching students to write and understand the elements of writing is taking a creative twist at some New Jersey public schools.

Imagine giving your students a writing assignment that might be performed by professional actors. That’s the idea behind the performing group called Story Pirates, a nonprofit based in California and New York, who will perform skits, improv and short plays based on student writings.

The group, founded eight years ago by a group of graduate students from Northwestern University, provides programs to inspire kids to write. The programs include in-school and after-school writing workshops, assemblies, teacher professional development, and long-term school partnerships.

“If there’s anything we can give kids, it’s that it’s worth putting your ideas on paper,” says McNerney, who is the program’s full-time associate artistic director. “That’s an essential skill that bleeds into so many other life skills.”

Students aren’t the only ones being inspired; teachers are also finding new and creative ways to incorporate student performances during class time to keep kids inspired.

Read the entire story at Education Week.

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