Assignment: Bring an existing H.S. literature magazine (aka "lit mag") back to life. Get kids excited. See if it can grow into a larger program and position over time. Addition to teaching assignment; club or informal.
Success (from school's POV): Publish something that can be held in one's hand.
Back Story: While it has served as a traditional "lit mag" in the past, it hasn't been published/printed in over 2 years. Expectations low, opportunities high.
Unique Opportunity: As long as a 'printed' copy exists at end of year, wide latitude to re-brand entire concept of "lit mag" at the school. Beyond local (school, kids, parents) community, opportunity to go"global" & allow the "lit mag" to connect school to larger creative & academic world exists.
- What is a 21c "lit mag"?
- If you started w/ a nearly blank slate of expectations, while honoring traditions of printing student work (typ: creative writing, poetry, art), how would you re-frame a 21c "lit mag" in HS context?
- Will kids care enough to get involved beyond English class assignment and thinking ahead to padding 'college resume'? How to re-brand opportunity for them early on?
- How would you prioritize the options?
- Any HS examples out there that already combine print and digital?
- If you do it well, what will "success" look like and will it make a "difference" to the school/kids?