Join the movement to put STORY back in History!
Immerse your students in History, while developing life-long research and creative writing skills.
#HistoryHero BLAST is an interdisciplinary project-based History-slash-creative-writing mash-up facilitated by award-winning teacher and storyteller, Sarah Towle, that celebrates diversity and inclusion. It is capturing the imaginations of schools and students worldwide. Sarah has cracked the code to getting teens and tweens hyped up about History: She takes them there — through storytelling.
Sarah starts by engaging young people in hands-on research about a figure of interest to them: someone who has already made a contribution to humanity or is making positive change right now; someone they find inspirational.
She then guides them through the creative writing process to bring the story of their History Heroes to life in uplifting BLASTs of creative non-fiction that put STORY back in History and make historical exploration fun.
Sarah’s mission is to make History a BLAST so that no young person says, “History is boring,” ever again.
A Full* Program Series Includes:
A free online meeting with Sarah to introduce you, and any colleagues, to the program mission and goals and to brainstorm how to tailor workshops to best meet the needs of your students and school.
A series of five workshops with Sarah—on location or online—that guide students in choosing and researching a #HistoryHero, then harnessing their knowledge to draft, revise, edit, submit, and publish their creative nonfiction story BLASTs.
A souvenir eBook compiling and celebrating all class or school #HistoryHero BLASTs so that the work of one becomes the mastery of many.
*Partial and customized programs are also available.