Writing coach for Washington Hts., NYC public school literacy program (45abm)



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Washington Heights public school
New York
New York
United States


Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading. Through our innovative programs, accomplished authors lead workshops in high-needs pre-K-12 classrooms, where they guide students in creating their own writing and art projects based on the theme of the author's book.

No experience or training is necessary to volunteer as a writing, research or art coach in the classroom. You'll support, engage, and encourage students as they work on their projects.

This workshop needs your support at an elementary school in Washington Heights, NYC. To sign up, please contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code. We'll supply the school address, directions, and other information when you're confirmed:

Program 45AB-M

Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Time: 10:15 AM - Noon

Volunteer Role: Writing coach

About the workshop: To gain a deeper understanding of slavery, fifth-graders read Ann E. Burg‘s Unbound, a novel-in-verse about a girl who escapes a Virginia plantation with her family to seek refuge in the Dismal Swamp, a remote wilderness where a community of slaves hid. Students will use their reading, as well as research from other resources, to write opinion pieces that debate the decision to escape from slavery. Writing coaches will guide them in editing drafts of their work.

To find other Behind the Book programs around the city, visit our volunteer opportunities page.

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No experience or training necessary. To sign up, contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code. Groups up to 10 welcome.