Every year I energize students throughout the school to submit their best creative writing, artwork, and photography to our school's literary magazine, Rebelations. Every student is eligible to submit whether they are in my creative writing class or not. So many students summon the courage to put themselves out there, to be vulnerable and let others see such personal work, but there is always a black cloud over their heads because our funding is always in question. The school does not have the money to pay for the printing of the magazine.

In addition to the literary benefit, I will use this funding to demonstrate the business side of the writer's world. How are works selected to be published? How is the magazine's layout determined and designed? How much does it cost to print the magazine in full color? How much money can be saved if color is only used on the cover and centerfold? How much does it cost to send a magazine to a scholastic organization for critique? Receiving these funds would give my students the real world view of the publishing industry.

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ACH - Let them see their names in print!

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School:
Dixie Hollins High School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Teresa Zemaitis 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 23, 2017

0% Funded

 

 

Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

Goal

Every year I energize students throughout the school to submit their best creative writing, artwork, and photography to our school's literary magazine, Rebelations. Every student is eligible to submit whether they are in my creative writing class or not. So many students summon the courage to put themselves out there, to be vulnerable and let others see such personal work, but there is always a black cloud over their heads because our funding is always in question. The school does not have the money to pay for the printing of the magazine.

In addition to the literary benefit, I will use this funding to demonstrate the business side of the writer's world. How are works selected to be published? How is the magazine's layout determined and designed? How much does it cost to print the magazine in full color? How much money can be saved if color is only used on the cover and centerfold? How much does it cost to send a magazine to a scholastic organization for critique? Receiving these funds would give my students the real world view of the publishing industry.  

 

What will be done with my students

My advanced creative writing students (levels 2, 3, and 4) all submit. They can submit poetry, flash fiction, or short story.
My level 1 creative writing students are encouraged to submit, and many do, although it is not mandatory.
My students learn the fundamentals of poetry and fiction. They learn how to write a complete story with strong emotional impact in 250-500 words. They learn the value of effective word choice. They learn to revise their writing.
As stated above, any student may submit work to the magazine so other teachers (especially Language Arts teachers) are promoting the project and encouraging their students to let their creativity shine and overcome the fear of submitting.
Last year we even included a bilingual spread. ESOL students were encouraged to write poetry in their native language and then translate it to English. The selected works were run side by side in both languages.

 

 

Benefits to my students

Wow....the benefits are incredible! These students simply glow when the magazine comes out and they see their names and their work in print. The effort that they all put into creating the work submitted is incredible. The school mobilizes around the magazine. Teachers buy class sets for their classrooms so that their students can read the work of other students. Kids can be seen reading the magazine at lunch and in the hallways, sharing with their friends. It's a beautiful thing watching literacy flourish.  

 

Describe the Students

My students run the gamut. Dixie is a low socioeconomic school. I have high performing Cambridge students. I have students who joined the class because they were once in my journalism class or even my remedial reading class and liked me. Funny, but those kids have learned to love to write and, guess what, their reading improved! Funny how that works, right?  

 

Budget Narrative

Last year, I was able to locate a printer that printed the magazines at a high quality for $660.00. I have to wait until we get closer to the deadline to get an accurate quote for this year, but I believe it will not be more than $1,000. Last year, the printer worked directly with the Foundation.
 

 

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# Item Cost
1 Printing cost $1,000.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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