The American Writers Museum believes in the power of writing to influence our history, our culture and our daily lives. Our educational programming aims to inspire future generations of American writers. In these materials you will find downloadable curriculum to use at your own pace, guided virtual tours of our online exhibits, video tours and information about virtual field trips including online meet-and-greets with renowned and emerging writers working today.
Get your students excited about discovering new authors, revisiting beloved favorites, and writing their way into America’s ongoing story. For more information enter your email below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your class is interested in an in-person field trip at the American Writers Museum, please visit this page for more information.
The American Writers Museum is excited to offer a wide array of educational opportunities. Classes from across the country can enjoy the options below. Please fill out the form on the book now page to receive more information about booking the virtual experience that best suits your classes’ needs.
Guided Exploration of the American Writers Museum
Unavailable during museum closure
Led by a museum staff member, classes can be guided live through a tour of Nation of Writers and Mind of a Writer permanent exhibits. Or they can be guided through our online exhibits, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today or Frederick Douglass: Agitator. Scroll down to learn more about our online exhibits, and for a pre-recorded exploration of Museum space, click here.
Lead your students through interactive gameplay and pop quizzes on major works of the past and present. High school students can test their knowledge of great American singers and songwriters and learn about literary allusions in their favorite music. Elementary school students travel into the past and learn how written works have changed into on-screen adaptations, while also testing their deciphering skills by translating emojis into the titles of classic books.
The “Ask A Writer” program offers students the chance to interact live with a writer in their own classroom. A 20-minute pre-recorded lesson introduces students to the writer. Then, students participate in a 30- to 40-minute live Q&A classroom visit with the published author about the craft of writing.
Please indicate interest in participation in classroom visits with the writers using the booking form. Pre-recorded lessons are available for each writer indicated.
Adrianna Cuevas, first-generation Cuban-American writer and middle-grade author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. View recorded lesson here.
Misa Sugiura, author of the award-winning book It’s Not Like It’s A Secret and This Time Will Be Different and second-generation Japanese-American. View recorded lesson here.
These educational resources will enhance your virtual field trip or classroom experience. Explore online exhibits, watch videos of readings and author talks, and more!
Additional resources such as downloadable materials for each exhibit and guided walkthroughs will be available on this page upon filling out the form below. If you have questions on how to use these resources, please contact the Education team at email@example.com.
My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today
The My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today intiative explores the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing in America on our culture, history, and daily lives.
Author and orator Frederick Douglass was a “self-made man” (the title of one of his most popular speeches). His words – passionate, brilliant, and powerful – denounced violent racism in the South while demanding true equality for all Americans.
American Voices explores American history through the plethora of writing voices and forms that have shaped the country. Visitors can choose an era spanning from colonial times to the late 20th century and learn more about themes that define the American voice.
Inspire a love of reading by asking learners of all ages to review the virtual exhibits and fill out this fun bookshelf of old favorites and new discoveries. 3rd & 4th grade learning objectives are met through this activity.
This asks visitors to download a folder of images (or supplement with their own selfies) and create a mosaic that shows them as an agitator. Feel free to share your students works with us on social media or the on-page uploader!
Further Recommended Readings on Enslaved People
Download this short list of further recommended readings to explore other works on the lives of enslaved people in the United States.