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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 8, 2009ASU Logo

Writing Event to Spark Students’ Imaginations

More than 80 local and area K-12 school teachers will receive story sacks filled with items designed to spark 2,000 students’ creative writing skills during the inaugural National Day of Writing on Oct. 20.

Participants from the past six years of the Angelo State University Pearl of the Concho Writing Project gathered on Sept. 26 to fill the 400 story sacks with materials to stimulate the students’ creative sides. Included in the bags will be a variety of miniature objects, such as animals, rocks, shells, marbles, rings, letters, words and playing cards.

Instructions to the teachers for the activity include grouping students who will empty their sacks and study the items before composing a story with the group or individually. Teachers are also invited to offer other activities on Oct. 20, such as a writing marathon or writing scavenger hunt to encourage students’ writing.

The National Day of Writing was established by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and funding for materials came from a U.S. Department of Education grant. On Oct. 20, writers from across the country will share their works on the National Gallery of Writing Web site, at The gallery will continue to accept submissions until June 1, 2010 and will remain open to readers through June 30, 2010.

The Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is a National Writing Project site housed in the ASU College of Education and overseen by Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine, an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education.

For more information on the National Day of Writing, call Eisenwine at 942-2052.

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