Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times

With ever-changing information flooding our screens and influencing our everyday interactions, you might feel overwhelmed and anxious about what’s going on in the world. It’s been even more challenging to thoroughly sift through information, especially since social media has made it so easy for anyone to share their thoughts, regardless of their credibility. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we enhance our critical thinking skills, so we can be conscious consumers and responsible communicators.

How to Keep Kids Learning During the Summer

As the school year has come to an end, and summer vacation is now upon us, you may be wondering how you can ensure your child does not lose everything they learned over the past year. Just because school is out, it does not mean that learning should stop. Summer is the best time for students to strengthen their academic skills whilst still having fun.

Having Conversations About Difficult Topics

While we are in the midst of a pandemic, we are also witnessing an uprising and, if you are a parent or a teacher, you might not know where to begin when talking to children about difficult subjects. It might feel impossible to talk about challenging issues, such as racism, violence, drugs, sexuality, and diseases, especially to children who have never been exposed to these issues before. With all of us being in quarantine since mid-March, we don’t have the normalcy of being in a classroom where open discussions are encouraged. However, this can still be done in the comfort of your own home with your children or virtually with your students.

Short Story Prompts by Common Themes

In “Short Story Prompts by Popular Genres”, Bridgette gave us a rundown of popular genres in literature and provided a list of fun writing prompts to inspire our next epic short story. Now, along with using genres to help you write a cohesive, purpose-driven short story, you can also center it around a specific theme.

Short Story Prompts by Popular Genres

A key component in writing a great short story is choosing a genre. Genre is a type of literature characterized by a specific style, form, or content. There are a variety of genres throughout literature and movies, which will be highlighted in this post.

How to Write an Epic Short Story

Unlike essays, which are long and require research, short stories are writings of fiction that are typically no longer than 8,000 words. It usually includes a protagonist (sometimes two), a plot structure, and a beginning-middle-end. Short stories are a lot of work, but once you are good at them, you will be able to succeed in other pieces of writing as well. As always, when writing, a clear purpose and audience for whom you are writing is beneficial.