Turtle Mountain Community Schools teachers Siri Johnson, Jacqueline Frederick, and Kathy Rohlfing partnered with the Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU to provide a free, four-hour climate change workshop for teens in celebration of the National Day on Writing (October 20, 2019). RRVWP 2019 Summer Fellow Nicholas Miller was one of the breakout session leaders. The workshop was funded by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a non-profit that runs the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens did free-writing about climate change in response to photos showing how climate change affects the wildlife and environment around the globe and learned about particular effects of climate change in North Dakota. Turtle Mountain High School student Sunni Parisien wrote,"I loved the engaging environment. It allowed for me to create work, while being interactive."
|Sunni (on the left) and Clayton write about climate change|
Students made cultural connections with the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings and expressed their thoughts and experiences on climate change through art and writing with the support of NDSU undergraduates from Professor Kel Sassi’s “Methods of Teaching Writing” class. Turtle Mountain High School student Clayton Houle said, "I liked how down to earth and friendly the NDSU students were."
|NDSU English Education students Katie Breidenbach (L), Amanda Nelson, Tanisha Topinka and Liberty Colling, listen to Darrick talk about his writing|
Students engaged in writing poetry, editorial cartoons, personal reflections, and more. Turtle Mountain High School senior Darrick Frederick said, "I learned about a lot of new types of writing."
Students learned about the national One Earth Award, sponsored in part by the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, which provides four students whose creative works address the pressing issue of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. Turtle Mountain teen