On my desk…
A current favorite project focuses on stories about how middle school kids make choices—and how the outcomes affect who they are becoming. The stories include all kinds of choices in many different circumstances and settings.
Where stories take place can be significant, especially if the location is unfamiliar, away from the usual—even possibly magical.
I’ve written about the potential for a certain kind of setting in The ALAN Review: “The ‘Necessary Wilderness’: Liminal Settings for Adolescent Emotional Growth in Four Novels by David Almond.” The article includes ideas about how teachers, workshop leaders, and students can find such settings in the everyday world. Please check it out!