Wherever you are, COVID-19 has likely affected your daily life. Most students are no longer attending school in-person and are adjusting to learning and creating at home. In order to support you, we’re providing resources for students, parents and guardians, and educators as you continue learning and exploring your creativity during this challenging time.
Resources for Students
Express Yourself with Healing Through Creativity
Are you struggling to make sense of what you’re experiencing during this difficult time? The process of creating can provide an outlet for self-expression and an opportunity to be heard by others when you’re experiencing grief, trauma, or pain. This guide, Healing Through Creativity, provides writing and art prompts to help you reflect on your experiences and channel them into your work. Grief can take many shapes—grief at the loss of a loved one, grief at changes in your everyday life, grief in anticipation of what might come next. The works and wisdom of your peers can offer comfort and support as you reflect on your feelings.
Get inspired on the RAL blog
Every Thursday, the Region-at-Large (RAL) Scholastic Awards blog will be highlighting virtual resources and prompts for students to continue exploring their creativity while staying safe at home. Check out the blog for fresh content and new ideas!
Prepare your next piece for the 2021 Awards
Submissions open on September 1, 2020, for the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Start creating your next great piece now!
Resources for Parents and Guardians
Learn how to support your child through grief and trauma with NAGC Webinars
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) offers webinars for the adults in young peoples’ lives. The webinars provide guidance on how to support young people dealing with grief and trauma. Choose the webinar that best meets your needs.
Read The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing through the ages
Take a look at Scholastic Awards publications from previous award years and discuss them with your young person. Get inspired by the work of talented young artists and writers exploring different subject matters, genres, and media.
Support your child with Healing Through Creativity
In a time when daily life has been upended, many of us are experiencing grief and anxiety—grief over the changes we’ve experienced so far, and anxiety about what unknowns may still be coming. The process of creating can provide an outlet for young people’s self-expression and an opportunity to be heard by others as they process these emotions. This anthology, Healing Through Creativity, provides not only inspiring works from young artists and writers addressing grief and bereavement, but also discussion questions and writing prompts to help you engage your children on how they are coping in this difficult time.
Resources for Educators
Plan your lesson with Educator Guides
Utilize the digital Educator Guides provided by the Scholastic Awards for facilitated discussion questions about student work that can easily be turned into online conversations with students.
Prompt students to think about a socially relevant theme
Check out our thematic resources on climate change, civic expression, editorial cartoons, and grief and bereavement to encourage your students to explore creativity around a topic they are passionate about.
Support your students with NAGC Webinars
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) offers webinars for educators who are supporting young people experiencing grief and trauma. Choose the webinar that best meets your students’ needs.