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

If your class is interested in an in-person field trip at the American Writers Museum, please visit this page for more information.

OnWord Student Writing Competition 2021

2nd Annual OnWord Student Writing Competition!

For this contest we asked students how they would use writing to create change they want to see in the world.  Winners will be announced publicly at our annual benefit on August 31, 2021.

To access the competition submission portal, please email Submissions will ONLY be accepted through the submission portal.

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Virtual Field Trips

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.

Bookings after June 10, 2021 will incur a $125 fee for groups up to 40 students. Subsidies available for resource-challenged schools, please inquire for details.

Guided Exploration of the American Writers Museum

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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.

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Mind of a Writer Live Activities

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.

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Ask A Writer

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.

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Available Writers

Jacob Grant, children’s book author and illustrator, most recently of Bear Out There. View recorded lesson here.

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.

Online Resources

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

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.

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Frederick Douglass: Agitator

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.

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American Voices

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.

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Additional My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today Resources

My America Curriculum Outline – Instructions for Educators

Our teacher materials are designed to help educators create a structure that will benefit students who view our newly designed exhibit virtually.

My America Curriculum – Organizer for Students

Use this graphic organizer to keep your findings in order as you watch the My America videos. Please read the instructions at the top of the first page before beginning.

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Additional Frederick Douglass: Agitator Resources

Frederick Douglass: Agitator Curriculum Instructions

This instruction sheet will help guide educators through the materials below on which standards are met by each activity, and how to support students completing work virtually.

Frederick Douglass: Agitator Vocabulary Terms (Grades 1-4)

This worksheet explores vocabulary terms that students may find in Frederick Douglass: Agitator. Please note that each page represents a different grade level.

Frederick Douglass: Agitator Worksheet (Grades 5-12)

This worksheet can be used by grades 5-12, as it can be scaled for the topic you are currently working on.

Additional American Voices Resources

American Voices Teacher Materials (Grades 5-7)

These instructions will guide educators through the process of completing the student activities and give an overview of the virtual exhibit.

American Voices Student Materials (Grades 5-7)

Our education materials help students critically think of an author’s purpose of writing on themes of Influence, Persuasion, and Entertainment.

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American Identities Teacher Instructions (Grades 8-12)

These instructions will show educators how to best prepare their class to use the student materials and navigate the virtual exhibit.

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American Identities Student Materials (Grades 8-12)

Students analyze the theme of Identity by reading authors presented in the American Voices virtual exhibit.

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My Personal Bookshelf Activity

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.

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Personal Bookshelf Instructions (Grades 3-4)

Our materials show which learning objectives are met, how to use the activity in the classroom, and possible extensions.

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Other Activities for Students

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers TodayShare Your Immigration Story Here!

Participate in a group activity in which students can submit their immigration or migration story and see it alongside other visitor stories.

A mosaic of Frederick Douglass made of smaller photos of him with the title Frederick Douglass: Agitator across the bottomVisit the Portraits page of Frederick Douglass: Agitator and complete the “Agitate Yourself” mosaic 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.

American Voice Bingo Card

Play as a game or try to fill them all in by exploring the American Voices virtual exhibit!

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