The school year is approaching its sixth week of classes. So far it’s been a busy one with the usual curricular and extra-curricular activities. School life goes on as students and teachers get back to doing what they must do: studying and learning.
As an English teacher, I love to get my students writing. Whether it’s journal or blog writing, the idea is to get them to express themselves, especially in a language that is not their native one.
Recently one of the language arts teachers came up with the idea of an online magazine covering writing in different languages and in various genres. The magazine may include art and photography but I want my students to develop their writing skills by submitting a piece in the form of a poem, a short story, or an essay. This first edition will focus on the theme of horror in our daily lives. After experiencing first-hand the effects of a category 5 hurricane last year, I’m positive several good submissions can be show-cased.
Teachers and other members of the school community will be invited to participate. What a nice way to get students to view their classmates’ thoughts on horrifying events! Expressing yourself about something horrific can be therapeutic. However, we’re advising our students to leave out details which may be offensive or hurtful to others.
Of course, I’ll probably be submitting a literary piece myself. After all, I must model for my students. Hopefully, this literary magazine will encourage those students who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally to do something creative through another medium. It’s an excellent outlet for the timid ones! Students will have the option of submitting work anonymously if they so desire.
I’m excited about this project and glad that someone came up with this new venture! Looking forward to enjoying a few good pieces! ~~LMMolina