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Myths Writing Workshop With Jane Yolen: A Writing With Writers Activity

This four-step workshop hosted by an award-winning myth writer offers writing strategies and exercises to help students craft successful myths.


1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Writing Activities

The Myths Writing Workshop with Jane Yolen (grades 4-12), part of Scholastic’s Writing with Writers series, gives students the unique opportunity to learn myth writing from a pro. Published writer Jane Yolen walks students through a four-step program offering writing strategies and a few warm-up exercises to help students craft their own myth. This workshop is also a part of the Myths, Folktales & Fairy Tales project.

Step 1: My Myth

Students get an introduction to this genre of fictional stories and can read an example – “Mother Earth’s Son,” a myth by Jane Yolen.

Step 2: Brainstorming

Jane offers writing tips and six warm-ups to help students plan their story, including: pick a natural phenomenon to write about, observe it carefully, write down facts associated with it, note key words from their research, and then think “What if?” to create a story that explains why the natural phenomenon exists.

Step 3: Write Your Myth

Jane offers strategies to start writing by letting students’ imaginations run wild.

Step 4: Publish Online

Students can submit their completed work to to be published!

Plus: Students can also read myths from other students ages 5 to 15.

Learning Objectives

Scholastic's online activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in “Myths Writing Workshop with Jane Yolen,” students become proficient with several of these skills.

  • Identify unique characteristics of different writing genres
  • Follow the writing process for different genres to create original writing
  • Use web technology to post original writing online
  • Demonstrate understanding of different genres by responding to questions
  • Understand how to review and revise their own writing
  • Review and present constructive criticism to peer writing
  • Learn to think critically and objectively about their reading
  • Learn to review and revise their own writing
  • Produce written work to show evidence of knowledge of the different genres

Susan Cheyney

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