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The Power of the Written Word

Teen Writing & Literature Summer Institute

Power of the Written Word exposes teen participants to classic pieces of African American literature. Through guided discussions, this program allows teens to hone critical literature analysis, improve dialogue abilities, and strengthen their writing skills.

Facilitated by classroom teachers, students participate in discussion, complete writing assignments, and explore museum experiences which investigate themes within the chosen work and the larger American story.

Designed for rising 9th-12th grade students, participants complete a selection of short readings and reflection assignments at home as well as abide by a code of conduct while in the institute. The Museum provides the literature and supporting resources.  This institute is FREE but registration is required as well as a commitment to attending the full week. Teen participants will be responsible for bringing for their own lunch.

Upcoming Workshop: August 1-5, 2016

National History Day 

NMAAHC wants to support your National History Day project.  Through workshops, resources, and feedback sessions, NMAAHC is here to support your path to being a historian.

  • Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)
    Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)
  • Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
    Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
  • A group of students that participated in the Power of the Written Word (2015)
    A group of students that participated in the Power of the Written Word (2015)
  • Student sit in a circle in the museum and are engaged in a connection exercise
    Students participate in a connection exercise (2015)
  • A sample of student writing (2013)
    A sample of student writing (2013)
  • Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
    Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
  • A student speaks at the podium during final presentations.
    Final presentation (2014)
  • Students stand on a circle to participate in a listening exercise
    "The Wright Family" listening exercise (2015)
  • A female student looks into a case at a piece of African art
    Student contemplates identity as she examines a piece of art (2014)
  • Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
    Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
  • Students respond to writing prompts in the gallery (2013)
    Students respond to writing prompts in the gallery (2013)
  • Students stand in front of the Changing America NMAAHC exhibition
    TWLI participants visited the NMAAHC gallery (2013)
  • Students and facilitator participate in discussion in the classroom
    Students and facilitator participate in discussion (2013)
  • TWLI participants (2014)
    TWLI participants (2014)